Creating a world
with robust reproductive, maternal and child health data
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.
What is HMIS?
A Health Management Information System (HMIS) is the backbone of any health system, it is a data collection system specifically designed to support planning, management, and decision making in health facilities and organizations. The HMIS is what enables health workers to record information about their patients, allows important health data to be shared across and within health systems, and is what decision-making and resource allocation should be based on.
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.
The time that health workers spend on administration during and after care delivery must be reduced
Governments must be able to sustain it with existing budgets
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.
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
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.
To learn about the full list of indicators generated by Shifo Solutions view Every Child Counts Report