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.

How to Have Happier Users and Better Health Data with Faster Apps

I’ve done my share of training district health officers and others in low-resource settings. I know that the vast majority of health workers who report data in district offices or health facilities in the low- and middle-income countries where IntraHealth International works are on congested 2G mobile networks in small towns. Which means they’re waiting—waiting for web applications to load over poor Internet connections. Complete and accurate...

Ghost Workers Aren’t Spooky—They’re Expensive

When a country uses the iHRIS software to manage their human resources for health, they sometimes get a bonus. iHRIS can provide data connections that offer unexpected benefits for the managers and leaders of a health care system. Sometimes, just comparing data between iHRIS and another system can save money—a lot of money. But it takes some detective work. Oh, not the kind that involves trench coats and fedoras. The kind that takes patience and...

What Exactly Motivates and Retains Health Workers—and How Do We Measure It?

Human beings do weird things sometimes. Or maybe the things we do as individuals only seem weird to others because they don’t know our particular quirks, preferences, and priorities. Think about it: Why do you live where you live? How did you choose your job? What makes you go back to work day after day? The answers are different for us all. Maybe we want to live close to our family. Maybe we love the city life, or our hometown is the only place...

3 Knowledge Management Practices to Strengthen Your Digital Health Project

Digital health interventions benefit enormously when implementers document and learn from past and current digital health projects. This is where knowledge management (KM) can help. Knowledge management is a systematic practice that helps you learn from others and helps others outside your project learn from you. It is an inherently social process, largely dependent on making sure systems and processes are in place and staff are incentivized to...

Uganda Slashes Rate of Health Worker Absenteeism

A 2015 study revealed that 50% of health workers in Uganda’s public sector weren’t showing up, or came to work but left early to collect dual pay at another facility. Today, that number is down to 11.9%, thanks to a new monitoring system that helps health officials track and analyze attendance data and take appropriate actions against chronically absent staff. Health worker absenteeism undermines staff morale and the quality of care patients...

WhatsApp Is a Lifeline for Nurses and Midwives in Remote Communities

Allison Annette Foster was enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with her family in Dallas when her phone chimed. Her cheer faded as a clinical emergency began to unfold in a string of text messages among a group of nurses eight time zones away. It was the middle of the night in rural Zambia, and a 39-year-old pregnant woman had arrived at a local health post. A young nurse there was alone, as is often the case, and unsure of what to do. So he grabbed his...

Health Workers in Rural Tanzania Find a Connection in the Health Network Programme

“As you can see, my boss and I are the only two health workers serving at this facility,” a nurse named Martha told us at a local dispensary in Tanzania’s remote Geita region. “I normally take charge of the facility in his absence,” she said. “It has always been a challenge reaching out to him for assistance in such moments. Due to lack of airtime credits, sometimes I just beep his number and wait for him to call back.” We talked with over 1,000...

How Mobile Technology Is Transforming Lives in Rural India

This post originally appeared in TechCrunch. Deep in a rural village in India outside the city of Jhansi, children play on dirt roads where goats and cows roam. The humble and colorful homes have mud floors, and women collect drinking water from wells. All the sights and sounds are quintessential aspects of the region, with the exception of one feature—the use of smartphones to save lives. In this village, women healthcare workers, known as...

Technology to the Rescue: App Helps Health Workers in Uttarakhand Improve Efficiency

As the election dates have just been declared for Uttarakhand along with Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, and Manipur, this is as good a time as any to shine a spotlight on an exciting initiative Uttarakhand has embarked on. A new state formed in 2000 (which is fairly young in the Indian federal scheme of things), and its challenges are unique. From limited revenue sources (tourism, its mainstay, has taken a hit since the 2013 flash floods; hence it...

New Foundation to Govern Expansion of iHRIS Health Workforce Information Systems

This week IntraHealth International announced the launch of the iHRIS Foundation, a new structure to manage the continuing growth of the iHRIS platform of open source health workforce information systems software and the global community that supports it. Developed by IntraHealth with funding from USAID beginning in 2006, iHRIS is now used by 24 countries to manage over one million health worker records. Health sector leaders use iHRIS data to...