Our Vision: To strengthen the development and implementation of sustainable, integrated Health Information Systems that empower communities, healthcare workers and decision-makers to improve the quality, efficiency and coverage of health services.
HISP Geneva is a program of the eSHIFT Partner Network. Launched in 2016, with the University of Oslo (UiO) encouragement, HISP Geneva was established to serve the Geneva international community and related European partners. We work with a wide range of clients, including national and local governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, private corporations, and philanthropies to formalize Health Systems related cooperations and amplify the global impact of our work.
HISP (Health Information Systems Program) is a global network of people, entities and organisations that design, implement and sustain Health Information Systems. As a network, HISP globally follows a participatory approach to support local management of healthcare delivery and information flows and was established by the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo.
The District Health Information Software (DHIS) is used in more than 40 countries around the world. DHIS is an open-source software platform for reporting, analysing, and disseminating data for all health programs, developed by the Health Information Systems Programme (HISP). The core development activities of the DHIS 2 platform (see note on releases and versions further down) are coordinated by the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo and supported by NORAD, PEPFAR, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNICEF and the University of Oslo.
The solution covers aggregated data (e.g. routine health facility data, staffing, equipment, infrastructure, population estimates), and event data (disease outbreaks, survey/audit data, patient satisfaction surveys, longitudinal patient records etc.). The system supports the capture of data linked to any level in an organisational hierarchy, any data collection frequency, a high degree of customisation at both the input and output side. DHIS 2 comes with easy to use analytics through tailored Dashboards, charts, pivot tables and maps, and can be extended with Apps or used by third-party software through the open Web-API. It has been translated into several languages.
DHIS was initially developed for three health districts in Cape Town in 1998-99 but has since spread via the HISP network to more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America. The initial scope – routine monthly Primary Health Center data – has been expanded to cover nearly all aspects of health data and information and recently been used by other sectors such as Education, Water and Sanitation, Forestry, and Food Security. In recent years it has also found massive adoption by international NGOs.