South African eHealth organisation, Jembi Health Systems, and the University of Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) recently conducted workshops on the integration of Health Information Systems (HIS) in Mozambique.
Jembi runs and supports eHealth programmes in various African countries including the Mozambican Open Architecture Standards and Information Systems (MOASIS), a project that aims to strengthen the country’s capacity in eHealth, HIS and to respond to the challenges of implementing ICT.
The participants discussed the development of a work plan for systems integration amongst organisations using OpenMRS, ensuring systems integration within the community of clinical partners using OpenMRS as well technical, strategic and operational plans for the eSaúde community.
The workshops were aimed at presenting phase one of the project ‘Integration of health information systems through the Moz-OpenHIM system to the DHIS2 Platform’ and to demonstrate the full working system ‘Mozambique Open Health Information Mediator (Moz-OpenHIM)’ and the architecture for the Open Health Information Exchange (OpenHIE).
The first phase of the project will enable OpenMRS partners to send aggregate HIV data from Open Medical Record System (OpenMRS) to DHIS2 through the Mozambique OpenHIE architecture, the system Moz-OpenHIM and the specific OpenMRS mapping and export application that allow the mapping of all HIV indicators in OpenMRS and export to DHIS2 through the OpenHIM.
The system will allow OpenMRS partners to automatically send HIV aggregate data from OpenMRS through the Moz-OpenHIM into DHIS2 and visualise the data and reports in a centralised web-based system and database, accessible to all authorised users, customised for the Mozambique environment that includes all DHIS2 features, reports, dashboards and GIS functions.
Jembi says the workshops went beyond discussing OpenMRS integration into DHIS2 to discussing the possibility of integration of other systems such as human resources to improve service delivery or a military health information system with the Ministry of Defence.
The eSaúde community plans to hold further meetings and workshops to exchange information and continue to share knowledge on OpenHIM and taking the next steps towards interoperability between OpenMRS and DHIS2.