Rivers State Primary Health Information Management System (RSPHIMS)

Rivers State Primary Health Information Management System (RSPHIMS) is a progressive web application (PWA) that was developed in 2020 during the heat of COVID-19. The RSPHCMB saw an opportunity to bridge the reporting gaps and focused on two key areas: Tracking health system performance and managing health events.

RSPHIMS is a software for collecting data, analyzing data, visualizing data and sharing data. The platform is the first of its kind to be deployed by any state primary health care board.

The platform enables the board to use data to prioritize interventions on most common health issues, identify populations in need, allocate financial and human resources based on demand, establish high impact programs and services and manage inventory.

Components of RSPHIMS

  1. Electronic Data Quality Assessment (e-DQA)
    1. E-DQA is an electronic version of Data Quality Assessment that replaced the paper based DQA tool.
    2. It is used by staff of the board and monitoring and evaluation officers to access health facility data quality
    3. It collects information on data availability, consistency, validity and commodity stock keeping
    4. It saves time, reduces data errors in data transmission and improves data security
  2. Electronic Integrated Supportive Supervision (e-ISS)
    1. E-ISS is an electronic platform used by the management team and staff of the board to supervise and support local government level primary health care staff
    2. It collects data on infrastructure, human resource, PHC services, basic equipment etc.
  3. Electronic Primary Health Care Supportive Supervision (e-PHCSS)
    1. This is a tool that replaced the previous PHCSS paper tool
    2. It is used by the local government primary health care authority (LGPHCA) to supervise primary health care facilities and services
    3. It collects data on PHC services, basic equipment, financial management, services availability etc
  4. Near-real-time Data Capture
    1. It is used by the facility health information officers and program managers to enter facility data on the RSPHIMS platform directly on a daily basis
    2. It collects data on utilization of services, immunization, antenatal, family planning etc
    3. The data collected tracks over 80 key performance indicators (KPIs)
  5. Dashboard
    1. The dashboard is an interactive and integrated dashboard that generates simple reports for stakeholders at different levels. It improves access to data and helps to monitor and track public health data.
    2. The overall target is that key decision makers within the public health space have access to current data for prompt decision making
    3. The dashboard has the following advantages
      1. Data Visualization – it displays KPIs in charts, graphs and maps. This aids management to pull insights from the data to draw conclusions
      2. Interactive – it gives us the ability to filter and customize data elements as desired. This way, only what is needed per time is displayed at a particular instance
      3. Identifying patterns – Correlations, regularity, repetitions, similar characteristics are identified using the dashboard
      4. Trendspotting – on the dashboard, we are able to spot current and upcoming trends
  6. Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD)/Bulk SMS
    1. The USSD platform *3040# is an innovative technology that can be used free of charge by members of the community to collect data on two areas – diseases/outbreak report and environmental report with a view to accommodate more reports as necessary.
    2. It has 3 levels of reporters
      1. The community informants
      2. Health workers
      3. General public
    1. The Bulk SMS platform
      1. This platform was developed to reduce client’s attrition and loss of follow-up
      2. It is built to send automated SMS reminders to health facility attendees scheduled for routine antenatal, immunization and family planning appointments
      3. It provides us with an opportunity to also send out health information messages to the public
    1. The platform is an open-access online platform that was created in 2020 to provide information on COVID-19 but upgraded to include other health concerns and integrated with the RSPHIMS.
    2. It currently has 3 components
      1. The knowledge center which provides the public with health education on priority diseases
      2. The test center which is used by the public for self-assessment test on common public health issues and diseases
      3. Emergency health report which gathers health data from the public through a questionnaire
      4. The report can be used to plan for behavioral change communication about priority diseases

 RSPHIMS can be accessed here

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