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 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.
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 interoperability, 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
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.
DHIS 2 Implementations
DHIS 2 is today considered as 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.
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.
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, about modern health information systems in Malawi and DHIS2:
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: