Introduction to DHIS2

DHIS2 is an open source, web based health management information system (HMIS). This DHIS2 core software is developed and managed by the HISP group at the University of Oslo.

DHIS2 is at the moment the world's largest HMIS system and is used in more than 72 countries around the world.

A typical basic example is the reporting of the number of vaccinations given at health facilities throughout the country, for instance, the number of people that have been vaccinated against certain diseases, or that have been infected or died for different reasons within specific districts and regions. After data has been collected and submitted in DHIS2, a variety of analytical tools can be used to analyze and present the data, for instance in charts, pivot tables, and maps. This information is used by decision-makers to plan interventions to strengthen health care services.

DHIS2 banner showing four figures: a woman at a conference, some charts and graphs, a map and a group of health workers using DHIS2 on a computer.
DHIS2 banner showing four figures: a woman at a conference, some charts and graphs, a map and a group of health workers using DHIS2 on a computer.

Video about DHIS2

This video shows how the DHIS2 software platform can be used to collect, review, analyze, and share data for health management information systems, disease surveillance--and much more--using better information to make an impact on people's lives.

DHIS2: Information for Action

Example use

A typical basic example is the reporting of number vaccination given at a health facility. For decision-makers, it is important to know how many people that are vaccinated for a certain disease in different districts. In this case, a data entry form is created in DHIS2 containing several data elements representing the number of different types of vaccines given. The health workers at, for instance, a clinic, will on a routine basis (e.g., every month), fill out this form on the computer and submit the values. By combining the number of vaccines given that are reported in the form, and statistics about population, an indicator can be created in DHIS2 that indicate something about the status of vaccination in that district, i.e. the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated. The data can also be aggregated so that national health managers can see data per region, state, etc.

Illustration that shows how a health worker or data entry clerk enters a report into DHIS2 through the 'Data Entry' app, and how decision-makers use this data for planning through different analytics apps.
Illustration that shows how a health worker or data entry clerk enters a report into DHIS2 through the 'Data Entry' app, and how decision-makers use this data for planning through different analytics apps.

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