iHRIS Open Source Human Resources Information Solutions
This website hosts the iHRIS software, demos, community platform, blog, and toolbox.
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.
Health Informatics Education and Training Programs: Important Factors to Consider
Health informatics is of growing importance in efforts to improve health outcomes across the globe, involving many components of health systems. It is primarily concerned with the process of making health-related data accessible and useful for evidence-based decision-making. To take advantage of the potential advantages offered by health informatics, health workers must be able to access relevant data and be comfortable with its application. Therefore, preservice education and in-service training in information technology should be part of the national investment in health systems. This technical brief introduces the concept of health informatics and describes the considerations to be kept in mind when designing education and training programs for health informatics.
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 »
iHRIS Administrator: Level I
To meet countries’ demands to help build their information technology capacity, CapacityPlus’s HRH Global Resource Center launched an eLearning course that provides instructions on the basic skill set needed to administer and customize CapacityPlus’s human resources information systems software, iHRIS Manage and iHRIS Qualify. Also available in Spanish and French.
iHRIS User: Level I
This free eLearning course hosted by CapacityPlus’s HRH Global Resource Center provides instructions on how to set up and manage human resources data in iHRIS Manage, which supports ministries of health and other service delivery organizations to track, manage, deploy, and map their health workforces. Information on managing employee and job applicant data, as well as training data, is included. Each module is designed to be used separately, as an online help guide, to teach human resources staff and hiring managers how to use the software. The modules use audio as well as visual teaching aids to reduce any potential learning barriers. The course was developed using the open source learning platform Moodle so that it can be easily exported and modified for use in different countries. For example, a module teaching specific customizations for that country can easily be created and added to the full course. Also see the related course, iHRIS Administrator: Level I.
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.
For additional resources and publications see the HR Informations Systems section of the CapacityPlus Knowledge Library.