Health Information Systems Programme (HISP)

HISP is a global movement to strengthen Health Information Systems in Developing countries that started in South Africa in the 1990's. HISP at UiO is one of the leading organizations in this movement and our contribution includes: in-country capacity building and implementation support, research, a PhD program, and hosting the core DHIS2 software development team.


We design, implement, and sustain Health Information Systems following a participatory approach. Our core aim is to support local management of health care delivery and information flows in selected health facilities, districts, and provinces, and its further spread within and across developing countries. We promote our software, DHIS2, as a global public good.

HISP core team members Sundeep Sahay, Jørn Braa and Kristin Braa (UiO/Terje Heiestad)

Announcing PhD research fellowship in Health information privacy (13.03.2017)

The Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo seeks a well qualified applicant for a PhD research fellowship position in Information Systems on the topic of: Health information privacy: Technologies, users and institutions. The project will be focused on building a better understanding of key patient privacy concerns related to health information systems in developing countries.

Detailed project description:

For the full announcement, please visit:

Contact person: Petter Nielsen (

Deadline for applications: 18.04.2017

Launching new Book: Public Health Informatics

Launched in February 2017, Public Health Informatics discusses the challenges that exist in the design, development, and implementation of Health Information Systems (HIS). Key problem areas, such as sub-adequate data and problems of inter-operability, are analysed in detail and the book looks at possible approaches to addressing these challenges in LMICs. Case studies critically appraise the experiences of countries and health programmes in the building of HISs, to determine the successes and failures of varying approaches. Finally, the book explores how future systems in developing countries can be shaped.

The book is available from Oxford University Press.

The HISP Strategy

The overall goal of HISP is to enable and support countries to strengthen their health systems and their capacity to govern their Health Information Systems in a sustainable way to improve the management and delivery of health services. Read more in our 2014-2016 strategy document or watch a Global Citizen Lecture given by Kristin Braa (broadcasted by Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)). You may also want to read the 2016 review of HISP and our 2016 HISP UiO Business Plan.

The DHIS 2 Software

At the core of HISP is the development of the open source and free software DHIS 2 (District Health Information System 2), a tool for collection, validation, analysis, and presentation of aggregate and transactional data, tailored (but not limited) to integrated health information management activities. Read more.

Research and Education

HISP has developed and supports Master programmes in developing countries and PhD education at the University of Oslo. Read more.

DHIS 2 Implementations

DHIS 2 is today considered as an international standards, and potentially covering more than 1.3 billion people with its services appraised as one of the largest and most successful global health information systems. Read more.

The HISP UiO Team

Our team at the University of Oslo consists of senior and junior academic staff, programmers, developers, technical writers, project coordinators and students.

HISP UiO team December 2015
HISP UiO team December 2015

The HISP History

HISP was initiated in the post-apartheid South-Africa in 1994 as a part of the restructuring of the health care system. Read more.

A short movie made by Norad, introducing DHIS 2:

A Prezi by Akros, describing how they are using DHIS 2 in Zambia:

A movie by Slalom, about use of DHIS2 for malaria eradication in Zambia:





Tags: HISP, Health Information Systems Programme, DHIS, DHIS2, Information Systems, Global South
Published Mar. 17, 2011 12:00 PM - Last modified Apr. 3, 2017 1:40 PM