News & Updates

IntraHealth invests in iHRIS and a full spectrum of digital solutions to support universal health access. Learn more about our progress through our news and updates.

10 Global Health Issues to Watch in 2019

Natural disasters, lingering wars, bourgeoning epidemics—2018’s headlines revealed a lot about the sheer volume of our human need. And in one way or another, each of those needs has an impact on our health and well-being. Here are just a few of the big global health issues that we at IntraHealth International will be watching and responding to in the coming year.

Primary Health Care Data Is Key to Attaining Universal Health Coverage

Read the full report: Measuring What Matters: Case Studies on Data Innovations for Strengthening Primary Health Care The idea that primary health care is the foundation of strong, equitable health systems is not new. In October, health funders, policymakers, and practitioners came together in Astana, Kazakhstan, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration and reaffirm their commitment to primary health care as the most...

IntraHealth Welcomes Dai Hozumi to Executive Team

Dai Hozumi has joined IntraHealth International’s executive team as chief technical officer and leader of IntraHealth’s Center for Technical Excellence. In this new role, Hozumi will provide visionary leadership to shape, guide, and implement IntraHealth's technical agenda. He will also focus on driving new business and ensuring the quality of our technical products and services as IntraHealth forges new paths within a rapidly evolving global...

10 Transformative Trends in Digital Health

Established digital health trends are already reshaping health care systems around the world in new and amazing ways. For example, the widespread adoption of mobile phones and the increasing usage of smartphones, combined with increasing Internet access and searchable online information services, have created what some call a doctor in every pocket. Even in rural Uganda, a patient can confirm her provider’s authenticity with a text message, and a...

Why Technology Isn’t Always the Answer in Global Health

After attending Switchpoint 2018 and hearing about people who are using drones to deliver medications for snake bites to remote areas of the Amazon, cellphones to diagnose eye diseases, and paper microscopes to detect bacteria in water, I was pumped. I was excited by the opportunities to use digital tools for health. As I started my fellowship at IntraHealth International, I was excited to implement digital health tools, eager to find a solution...

The Promise of Digital Health in the Fight against Noncommunicable Diseases

Noncommunicable diseases, or NCDs, kill 41 million people around the world each year, including 15 million who die prematurely because of them. But did you know that 85% of these premature deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries? Also known as chronic diseases, NCDs include pulmonary/respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. They are often preventable and develop gradually. There are several risk factors for NCDs...

NGOs and Universities Can Team Up to Improve Global Health through Digital Health

The Research Triangle area of North Carolina is named for three world-class universities that form a triangle of academic and research excellence: University of North Carolina (UNC), Duke University, and North Carolina State University. We’re lucky at IntraHealth International that our headquarters falls right in the middle of them. I came to IntraHealth in the fall of 2013, after 20 years at UNC, in part to figure out how to engage these...

Feature requests!

The latest roadmap for iHRIS is here: https://trello.com/b/PnyMpHsl/ihris-roadmapThe developer community is asking for any and all feedback on features that you want to see in iHRIS Manage, Train, and Qualify. Are there features you want to see in the iHRIS suite? Are the new features you need for your use cases prioritized? Is there an old feature you want changed or upgraded? Please reply in the Google Group! https://groups.google.com/forum/#...

JIRA for iHRIS Bug and Feature Tracking

We have some special news. There is now an open JIRA issue tracker for the iHRIS suite of workforce management tools at https://rt.ihris.org/jira/login.jsp Anyone can sign up for an account to watch or create an issue, such as to log a bug or request a feature. IntraHealth has been using JIRA since late last year at IntraHealth and have had a great experience with it. For important announcements, please makes sure to sign-up for the Google Group...

Can Interoperable Health Systems Really Save Moms and Babies?

I used to tell colleagues I was better at discussing the benefits of breastfeeding and handwashing than health information systems. I have a background in natural childbirth instruction and community-based development, and when I started working in digital health a few years ago, I missed the human aspects of global health. I had a shiny new master’s degree in public health but felt lost in the conversations about canonical data models and...