Ghana’s Innovative Health Information Management System Gains African Recognition

Apr 2014
For years, Ghana relied on a paperbased vertical system to capture and report data on health service delivery and surveillance. Then, in 2012, PMI provided support to develop a more robust web-based system.
Source: Lisa Kramer/PMI

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) implemented an innovative district health information management system (DHIMS) that has led to significant improvements in data collection, reporting, and analysis and has strengthened the country’s health systems. The system has enhanced access to timely health information for managers within the GHS, empowering them to assess the performance of the health system and respond to identified challenges in a timely fashion. In September 2013, the African Development Bank recognized Ghana’s achievement with an e-health award for improving access to health information.

For years, Ghana relied on a paperbased vertical system to capture and report data on health service delivery and surveillance. Then, in 2012, PMI provided support to develop a more robust web-based system. The DHIMS 2 system enables health facilities to enter their summary reports directly into an electronic database. It also has the capacity to autogenerate reports, map data through a geographic information systems (GIS) interface, and aid managers and users to process raw facility-level data into graphs that can be easily interpreted. For the NMCP, the new system allows rapid access to malaria data at all levels of the health system and has facilitated the use of those data to plan and implement malaria interventions.

With the full implementation of the DHIMS 2 platform, gathering and interpreting data within the GHS has vastly improved, and managers and partners are beginning to see the full benefits of a robust data reporting system.

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