Creating a world

with robust reproductive, maternal and child health data

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Shifo Solution

Shifo Solution is an intervention comprising multiple components that work together to create a health management information system that collects health data with an innovative use of technology, and enables settings which have previously relied only on paper-based systems to create electronic health records. Shifo Solution integrates and is interoperable with existing HMIS ? systems.

Our solution uses and combines the best parts of paper-based and electronic health information systems. With Shifo Solution health workers still record their work on paper, but the old paper forms have been replaced with smart paper forms which they can scan so all information becomes digitised.

In this way, health workers are not dependent on electronic devices during the point-of-care, which is very important in areas with irregular access to electricity, internet and security. Health workers can easily record which services have been given and the amount of vaccines that have been used in a manner that they are used to. When the smart paper forms are scanned, the information is uploaded to an electronic register and can easily be shared to all levels of the health system.

Shifo Solution has been designed with three key requirements in mind:

1

The time that health workers spend on administration during and after care delivery must be reduced

2

Governments must be able to sustain it with existing budgets

3

It has to work in all environments, regardless of existing infrastructure

All components of Shifo Solution are run using the Smart Paper Technology Engine, which is a suite of tools that facilitates data capturing, uploading, extraction, recognition, automatic verification, processing, export, archiving, and reporting, based on cutting edge image processing, machine-learning and validation algorithms. Also part of the Smart Paper Technology Engine are smart paper forms for registering mothers and children, and documenting health services, stock and supplies, and scanners.

Other components of Shifo Solution that countries can choose from:
Automatic follow up lists that show the names of mothers or children who have missed appointments
Automatic stock management system that calculates vaccine or medicine demands for the next upcoming month
SMS reminders to caregivers reminding them about their child's next appointment
SMS updates to health workers tracking health centre performance

Read more for detailed explanation of how Shifo Solution works.

“Congratulations for leading the way with a cutting edge innovation that has the potential to disrupt and shape the future of immunisation delivery”
– Gavi, 2016

How our solutions work

With Shifo Solution, patient medical history is recorded on smart paper forms by health workers. These forms, which replace existing HMIS forms and registers, do not require electricity, connectivity or security at the point of care delivery. They are then scanned and digitised, and processed by the Smart Paper Technology Engine after which the data is exported, and reports are generated which can be integrated with DHIS2, CRVS and other systems. Governments can choose which indicators are most relevant to their country targets from a list of more than 100 indicators.

Read more about country-specific examples of smart paper forms localised to national needs here and examples of indicators generated by our solutions here

How it works

Values

health workers
and families

Registration and follow up of vaccination
SMS reminders sent to every family before due date of next visit
Reduces time health workers spend on administration and reporting
Shifts focus from data-centred to patient-centred service delivery
Automatic stock management

decision
makers

Cost effective and sustainable without donor funding
Better data collection and recovery
Interoperable with HMIS systems such as DHIS2
Can be scaled nationally - no infrastructural limitations
Systematic evaluation of data completeness

100+Indicators

indicators generated by Shifo Solutions help us to identify the gaps and close them in the following areas:
Child registration
Child growth and nutrition
Counselling and education for families (mother/guardian)
Vaccination
Vitamin A and Deworming
Distribution of LLIN (long lasting insecticidal nets - bed nets)
Children who need special care
Vaccination status of women of child-bearing age
Family planning, sexual and reproductive health and rights
Maternal healthcare
HIV/PMTCT
Health centre performance
Outreach session performance
Micro gaps

To learn about the full list of indicators generated by Shifo Solutions view Every Child Counts Report

Resources

We are expanding

If you work to improve maternal and child health, and would like to collaborate with us to implement Shifo Solutions in your country/region, schedule a live demo to learn about how we can partner together.
Nicaragua
Haiti
Guyana
Senegal
Guinea-Bissau
Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Republic of Sierra Leone
Liberia
Guinea
Mali
Côte d'Ivoire
Ghana
Togo
Burkina Faso
Benin
São Tomé and Príncipe
Nigeria
Republic of Niger
Cameroon
Republic of the Congo
Chad
Angola
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic
of the Congo
Lesotho
Zambia
Rwanda
Burundi
Sudan
South Sudan
Zimbabwe
Tanzania
Malawi
Mozambique
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Djibouti
Comoros
Somalia
Madagascar
Yemen
Uzbekistan
Pakistan
Tajikistan
Kyrgyzstan
India
Nepal
Bhutan
Bangladesh
Myanmar
Lao PDR
Mongolia
Cambodia
Vietnam
Indonesia
North Korea
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Kenya
Uganda
The Gambia
Afghanistan

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