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Information Systems

We analyze the relationships between digital platforms, global public health and broader development processes through interventionist, action research methods, what we call Digital Platforms for Development (P4D).

We focus on challenges of governance, participatory design, implementation and the impacts of these interventions on research, practice and society.

The Information Systems research group is the research unit of the Health Information Systems Programme (HISP) at the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo. HISP is a global movement to strengthen Health Information Systems in Developing countries that started in South Africa in the 1990s. HISP at UiO is one of the leading organisations 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. HISP at 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 also explore spillover effects on other social domains, such as education. We promote our software, DHIS2, as a digital global public good. Read more about HISP.

Our flagship efforts involve:

  • Strengthening health information systems in low- and middle-income countries under HISP, including DHIS2.
  • Strengthening Antimicrobial Resistance mitigation efforts through the development and implementation of a DHIS2 based AMR surveillance platform designed for low- and middle-income countries.
  • Education.
  • ICT in Peace and Conflict.

We conduct particular empirical studies with our research partners on various relevant topics, addressing the following and other research questions relating to:

  • Governance
  • Design
  • Implementation including capacity strengthening
  • Impacts

A few central research questions we are working with:

  • How can we design, govern, sustain and deal with the tensions of Digital Global Public Goods?
  • How to do participatory design in a platform ecosystem and for development?
  • How can we locally implement generic software as a process of mobilizing resources and capacity-strengthening?
  • What are the impact of platforms and how do they contribute to development and for "whom"?

We seek to generate impacts and identify pathways of scaling them on:

  • Multidisciplinary research
  • Societal- and policy-related such as relating to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Research and education capacity strengthening
  • Support strategic initiatives of UiO, national governments and the United Nations

Our core activities:

  • Research and publications
  • Education on multiple levels and countries
  • Collaboration with the DHIS2 design, implementation and development teams in Oslo and globally
  • Developing research grants
  • Strengthening global partnerships
  • Academic exchange of staff and students
  • Participate in research workshops/seminars/national and international conferences
Published Nov. 21, 2010 6:48 PM - Last modified June 6, 2020 10:22 PM