Expanding coverage and feedback – including the remote areas
It is important that implementation takes into account what can be achieved within available resources and capacities.
Key functionalities offered by DHIS mobile:
- Developed as a module within the DHIS2, which can be run on any Java phone, ensuring mobile reporting is seamlessly integrated with the DHIS2 backbone, and data once received enjoys processing and reporting through available DHIS2 functionalities.
- Supports two reporting modalities: one, aggregate facility reporting (of statistics) and, two, name based or patient based tracking.
- Supports the registering and transmitting of data to the DHIS2 server, either through SMS or GPRS network, to help supports reporting, communication and coordination activities of the health worker. For example, data can be spent without the burden of travelling long distances thus reducing reporting load and time. As data registration and transmission gets increasingly decentralized, we expect data quality to also improve.
- Supports various messaging facilities such as bulk messaging, two-way channels, provision of automatic reminders, acknowledgement of reports received, and sending of alerts with respect to complicated and high risk cases.
Case study from Punjab: Full scale mHealth
Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab decided to introduce mobile based reporting for all 5000 health workers across the state, and towards this the state bought phones and SIM cards for each worker. HISP India designed and developed the sub centre reporting application, with month and daily reports, installed the application on phones and built capacity of all 5000 health workers on application use, HMIS formats and data quality issues. This is one of the largest mHealth implementation globally.