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HR Information Systems

Using Health Workforce Data to Improve Access to Services

CapacityPlus expanded use of the open source human resources information systems platform, iHRIS, to enable countries to use data to make decisions to more effectively recruit and deploy health workers for increased access to services and to track health worker qualifications and education pipelines; the iHRIS software is now used in 20 countries to manage almost a million health worker records at a potential cost savings of over $275 million when compared to commercial software.

Human Resources Data for Decision-Making

This free eLearning course hosted by CapacityPlus’s HRH Global Resource Center  is intended to build the capacity of health facility leaders and managers to use existing health workforce data and information systems for decision-making and human resources management and support. Read more »

Understanding and Valuing the Broader Health System Benefits of Uganda’s National Human Resources for Health Information System Investment

This case study describes Uganda’s Human Resources for Health Information System (HRHIS), implemented with support from the Uganda Capacity Program and CapacityPlus, and documents perceptions of its impact on the health labor market against the backdrop of the costs of implementation. Through interviews with end users and implementers in six different settings, the article documents pre-implementation data challenges and considers how the HRHIS has been perceived to affect human resources decision-making and the health care employment environment.

Better Data, Stronger Health Workforce: The Open Source iHRIS Approach

An overview of the free open source iHRIS platform of health workforce information tools and software. The iHRIS software suite consists of five interoperable applications that allow health workforce leaders and managers to plan, develop, and manage a health workforce efficiently and effectively to meet national or institutional health objectives. Read more »

Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS): A Review across States of India

India faces critical human resources shortages for key cadres such as doctors, specialists, nurses, and midwives. Other key challenges include suboptimal deployment of staff exacerbated by a skewed urban-rural distribution, gaps in certain specialties, and inefficient use of staff due to poor rationalization of tasks. Lack of comprehensive, reliable, and up-to-date data and an absence of commonly agreed definitions and analytical tools make the task of managing the health workforce more difficult. This study reviewed human resources information systems (HRIS) across all 28 states and 7 union territories to assess their purpose, scope, coverage, software technology, usability, and sustainability. The study points out the need for a national HRIS framework to move all states to a web-based platform with common technologies and data structures.

Better Data, Stronger Health Workforce: The Open Source iHRIS Approach

This presentation was given at the CapacityPlus knowledge-sharing and dissemination event, Better Data, Stronger Health Workforce: The Open Source iHRIS Approach, held on May 6, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Establishing and Using Data Standards in Health Workforce Information Systems

Human resources information systems are successful when they support policy and management decisions and when those decisions lead to better health care. However, success depends on the quality of the human resources for health data going into the system. The aim of this technical brief is to convey why data standards matter. The authors review organizational, national, and international data standards that can help ensure data quality, provide country examples, and discuss the key role of multisectoral stakeholder leadership groups in formulating and reaching consensus on standards.

iHRIS Open Source, Data, and Sustainability

This presentation was given at the CapacityPlus knowledge-sharing and dissemination event, Better Data, Stronger Health Workforce: The Open Source iHRIS Approach, held on May 6, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.