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 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.

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 digital global public good. You find a short and recent introduction to HISP and DHIS2 here.

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

WHO collaborating centre

On 1 December 2017, the Department of Informatics was designated as a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Innovation and Implementation Research for health information systems strengthening.

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 DHIS2 Software

At the core of HISP is the development of the open source and free software DHIS2 (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

The Research and Education unit of HISP is the Information Systems research group at the University of Oslo. We belong to the Information Systems research community and have contributed significantly to ICT4D research. We educate candidates on Bachelor, Master and PhD level. We have also developed and support Master- and PhD-programmes in developing countries. Read more.

DHIS2 Implementations

DHIS2 is today considered as an international standard. Potentially covering more than 1.3 billion people with its services, it is 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 December 2017
HISP-UiO December 2017

The HISP Groups

In supporting the global HISP movement and promoting the DHIS2 software as a global public good, HISP at the University of Oslo (HISP UiO) is collaborating with a range of different organisations. As a particular group of partners, we define HISP Groups as our long term and trusted partners located in developing countries and collaborating with us. You find a list of the  HISP Groups here.

What is HISP?

You can read more about what HISP is in the book Public Health Informatics (the book is from 2017 and available from Oxford University Press) and the book Integrated Health Architecture (the book is from 2012 and available online)


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 few short movies showing who we are and what we do

A short movie on "DHIS2: Information for action":


A short movie made by Norad, about modern health information systems in Malawi and DHIS2:

A short movie made by Norad, introducing DHIS2:

A Prezi by Akros, describing how they are using DHIS2 in Zambia:

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


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Tags: Global South, HISP, Health Information Systems Programme, DHIS, DHIS2
Published Mar. 17, 2011 12:00 PM - Last modified May 5, 2021 10:23 AM