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.

Announcing the iHRIS Foundation

We are happy to announce the iHRIS Foundation, a new structure to manage the continuing growth of iHRIS while ensuring that community needs are met.iHRIS has grown since its launch by IntraHealth International in 2006. iHRIS is presently installed in 24 countries with a handful of projects moving through the planning stages. Today, the iHRIS Community currently has nearly 300 active members on its Google Group and Slack Channels.Implementing...

Can Uttar Pradesh Improve Its Health Care Indicators with mSakhi?

Here’s some trivia to chew on: if Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in India, were a country, it would rank among the most populous in the world. Population is widely held as a precious asset, particularly in a country with a young population like India. But to capitalise on that asset, one of the factors that needs to be put in place is health care distribution. Compared to our South Asian neighbours and Sub-Saharan African countries, and also...

Virtual Course: Learning, Engaging and Interacting with mHero

West Africa’s Ebola outbreak reminds us that frontline health workers are a vital component of every health system, and structures must be put in place to continuously support them and their important work. The outbreak highlighted a critical need to establish a more robust communications and data collection system between health workers and their supervisors as they address priority health needs. Equipping health workers with the right kind of...

mHero and the Principles for Digital Development: Development Done Right

IntraHealth International and UNICEF launched the mHero platform in late 2014 in the midst of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Originally designed to help Ministries of Health connect with frontline health workers via SMS messages to collect and share information helpful for a rapid response to Ebola, mHero is now a tool embraced by Ministries of Health to support two-way communication for a wide-range of health services. mHero is different...

Tanzania’s Health IT Community Is Growing—and Getting Stronger

Ally Shaban doesn’t remember the exact moment he became extremely proud of his work. He just knows that his job developing applications is slowly building new opportunities for his country, Tanzania. “I help implement new technologies in Africa so one day I can proudly say to my children, ‘We are the ones who built these tools that made things run smoothly’,” he says. “I can be very proud of that.” The UN would argue Ally deserves to be proud...

iHRIS Community begins using Slack

The Global iHRIS Community will begin using the cloud-based collaboration tool Slack to augment its community communications. You can access Slack on your phone, from a web-browser as well as directly on your computer.The Global iHRIS Google Group will remain the principal communication tool allowing community members to share news, pose questions and receive feedback.“Sometimes email is too cumbersome when there needs to be a lot of back and...

More countries sign on to iHRIS: Global Community Still Growing and Adapting

Four new countries have recently adopted iHRIS and four more are in the planning stage to use the open-source health information system.Presently, 23 countries utilize iHRIS to track and manage more than one million health workers. That is up from 18 countries in 2013.The countries entering the planning stages to adopt iHRIS include: Bhutan Dominican Republic Ethiopia The GambiaThe possibility that 27 countries could utilize iHRIS illustrates the...

As Spirits Rise in Sierra Leone, Technology Offers More than Ebola Recovery

On Saturday, November 7, the World Health Organization declared Sierra Leone Ebola-free. Hundreds flooded the streets of Freetown to celebrate and pay tribute to those whose lives were lost during the outbreak. I read about the celebrations online with joy and happiness—they’d finally made it. I could almost hear the drums playing from North Carolina. Over the past year during my travels to Freetown, I’ve observed the struggles and hardships...

IntraHealth Advances Health Workforce Data Use in Zimbabwe and Globally

Two new awards from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help IntraHealth International improve health workforce information and its use in countries around the world. Many countries suffer from critical shortages of both health workers and data on their health workforces. For countries to achieve universal health coverage and increase access to high-quality family planning, HIV, and other health services, health leaders need to...

New Version of iHRIS Improves Health Workforce Data Presentation and Usability

IntraHealth International announces a major release of the iHRIS health workforce information software. Version 4.2 introduces changes to the core software that improve data presentation and usability.iHRIS (pronounced “iris”) is a suite of free open source software specifically designed to supply low-resource countries with information to track, manage, deploy, and budget for their health workers. The iHRIS software has had 12 minor releases...