From paper based- to electronic health information (DHIS2) in Myanmar
In accordance with the National Health Plan (2017-2022), Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar, is in the process of developing a comprehensive Health Information Strategy. The Ministry has decided that there will be one common national platform for health information in Myanmar, namely DHIS2. The choice of DHIS2 fulfils an aim of the MY-NORTH-project.
Strengthening health information systems in Myanmar. HE Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe (number three from left) and Senior Engineer Knut Staring, Research Group for Information Systems, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo (number three from right). Photo: private
The DHIS2 is an open source software platform for reporting, analysis and dissemination of data for births, deaths, diseases and various health programs, initiated by Professor Jørn Braa and his group at the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo.
The MY-NORTH-project has paved the way, enabling DHIS2 to become the common health information platform for Myanmar, and Senior Engineer Knut Staring, member of the MY-NORTH steering group, has played a key role in this work since 2014. Our ambition is that the MY-NORTH partner university, University of Public Health, Yangon, will become the training hub for health information systems in Myanmar.
The establishment of DHIS2 as the national platform for health information systems is a great achievement for Myanmar, and represents a success for Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo and for the MY-NORTH project.