HISP aims to support the improvement of health care systems in the southern hemisphere by increasing the capacity of health care workers to make decisions based on accurate information. The primary focus of the HISP is developing and implementing an integrated Health Management Information Systems for routine data, semi-permanent data, and survey data. HISP also provides training and support for users of the open source District Health Information System (DHIS) software.
The DHIS 2.0 is a tool for collection, validation, analysis and presentation of aggregate (statistical) data, tailored (but not limited) to integrated health information management activities. It is a generic tool rather than a pre-configured database application, with an open meta-data model and a flexible user interface that allows the user to design the contents of a specific information system without the need for programming. DHIS 2.0 and upwards is a modular web-based software package and can be used at no cost.
Databases using the DHIS Software contain data representing over one billion patient visits. The DHIS is designed to support health workers and managers at all administrative levels through a balance between flexibility and standardization, and with a strong emphasis on using information for local action.
The DHIS has been translated into Portuguese, Swahili, Spanish, Telugu, Russian, Mongolian, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, etc. By making the software available online and providing user guidelines in Vietnamese, the software has become more accessible to users in Viet Nam. As of July 2011, there have been about 43,000 visits to this website.
In Viet Nam, an Agreement of Understanding of Collaboration on Health Informatics System, Open Source Software Development (DHIS) and Capacity Building was signed with the Viet Nam Ministry of Health and Provincial Health Department in Hue, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh city. In the pilot phase, HISP Vietnam focuses on mother and child health and immunization. HISP provides training and support for users of the open source District Health Information System (DHIS) software.