By Dereck Musooka,
Last week, Reach Out Mbuya Community Health Initiative (ROM) was represented at the first Digital District Health Information System version2 (DHIS2) Annual Conference organized by the Department of Informatics-University of Oslo, Norway.
This year more than ever, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the conference‘s primary goal was to bring together practitioners, partners, and donors all over the world under one virtual platform, to showcase innovative utilization of DHIS2. In attendance, the five-day conference had over 1300 participants from over 200 Organisations and 57 Ministries of Health.
DHIS2 is a system used by country Ministries of Health including; Uganda for disease surveillance, reporting, and analysis of health information. In Uganda, the system is actively used in over 5418 hospitals and health centers. The system has simplified analysis and reporting from the tedious manual to the auto-generated digital approach of capturing and reporting health information.
Reach Out Mbuya Community Health Initiative is intensively upscaling its Health Information Systems for example; ROM was the pathfinder of Point of Care Uganda Electronic Medical Records (UgandaEMR) and other Community Client Service Applications. The purpose is to improve the quality of service offered to a client. In terms of efficiency, time-saving, client follow up, client linkage, client adherence, and retention on treatment.