HELINA 2018 and OpenMRS 2018

Jembi CEO, Dr Chris Seebregts, attended the combined Health Informatics In Africa (HELINA) 2018 and Open Medical Record System (OpenMRS) 2018 Implementers meeting in Nairobi from 3-5 and 4-8 December 2018, respectively.

Uwe Wahser (GIZ) presenting the openIMIS software at HELINA 2018

A highlight of the HELINA meeting was the presentation “openIMIS – A Generic Open Source Tool to Manage the Health Financing Bit of Universal Health Coverage”, by Uwe Wahser, Saurav Bhattari and Alicia Spengler, the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GMBH (German Development Cooperation). Jembi is providing technical and community support for openIMIS in Africa.

Other highlights included a presentation of Technology Enhanced Decentralized Health Information System Improving Population Health: Experience from Lesotho’s National Rollout of Web-Based Data Management and Reporting System by Dr Tsigereda Gadisa from ICAP at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Jembi has previously provided training services to the Lesotho group and, more recently, has begun a project to strengthen the implementation of HIV recency testing in seven African countries, funded by CDC.

In addition, Jembi collaborator, Steve Wanyee, presented a special session on NCDs and Digital health with the reference use case being a project that IntelliSoft is undertaking in Nairobi where it has implemented OpenMRS as the EMR to support Nairobi County non-communicable diseases (diabetes and hypertension).