Enabling the DHIS2 information exchange with other health information systems through Universal API: Approach used by HISP RWANDA to facilitate the rapid information sharing and use for timely evidence-based decisions

Summary
Nsanzumuhire Venuste, Systems Deployment and Capacity Building - Team Lead, HISP-RW
Mutali Jean-Paul, Software Development and System Admin - Team Lead, HISP-RW
Kamugunga Adolph, Project Implementation, Monitoring & Documentation - Team Lead, HISP-RW
Maurice Jules Mulisa, Software Programmer - Expert, HISP-RW
Hategikiman Jean-Paul, DHIS2 Implementer - Expert, HISP-RW
Blaise Mafende Mario, DHIS2 Implementer - Expert, HISP-RW
Ndabateze Amza, DHIS2 Implementers Expert, HISP-RW

Title: “Enabling the DHIS2 information exchange with other health information systems through Universal API: Approach used by HISP RWANDA to facilitate the rapid information sharing and use for timely evidence-based decisions.”

The information exchange between DHIS2 and other health information systems aims at facilitating and promoting data quality and data use for timely evidence-based decisions.

Over 8 systems were interconnected with DHIS2 Rwanda MOH systems in the last 12 months through HISP Rwanda. Where 5 systems among others are Covid-19 related systems developed by HISP Rwanda for better Covid-19 system monitoring namely: Online portal (Covid-test result and vaccination electronic certificates), Hotel Dashboard, Passenger Locator Form, Self-Registration system, NBA screening system, Regional Electronic Cargo and Driver Tracking System. Other systems intercommunicating with DHIS2 are Rwanda Civil Registration and Vital Statistic, Verbal autopsy Open data kit system whereas the following system’s interoperability is still under development: CanReg5 and Common Pass systems. After gathering feedback from end-users, and receiving many requests regarding interoperability, HISP Rwanda has created a Universal API which can be used to interconnect any system with the Covid-19 DHIS2 system.

It has concluded that the interoperability of DHIS2 with other systems promotes information use, and facilitates timely disease surveillance and response. However, there is a Proposal to conduct deep research on the impact resulting from DHIS2 interoperability with other systems in Rwanda within the previous 12 months.

The main contribution of this proposal is twofold, one is to identify the impact and improved use of Data through research.

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