Haiti—Strategic Health Information System Program (HIS)

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2017-2022

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Country: Haiti

Solutions: Global Health Digital Acceleration

The Haiti Strategic Health Information System (HIS) Program team is consolidating and integrating Haiti’s disconnected health information assets to empower the national System d’Information Sanitaire Nationale Unique (SISNU).

At present, Haiti’s digital and paper-based health reporting platforms vary greatly from city to city and village to village. This makes Haiti highly vulnerable from a health security standpoint, especially considering its challenging history of devastating earthquakes, hurricanes, and contagious disease, including the 2010 cholera outbreak. By creating a single, comprehensive health information system, Haiti will be better prepared to address its inevitable health crises as well as the daily needs of its 11 million people. This will benefit not just Haiti but its donor partners and the entire Caribbean region.

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Sample Activities

  • Enhance departmental coordination for data collection, consolidation, and reporting.
  • Support SISNU implementation, training, and enhancements, including by setting up a help desk to support users.
  • Develop SISNU stewardship by supporting Haiti’s Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (health ministry) with skills assessment and training, and dashboards and a web portal that support data analysis and information dissemination.
  • Increase interoperability between SISNU and stakeholders such as local health providers and clinics.
  • Engage private sector partners in computer infrastructure and private hospitals.
  • Establish technical working groups.
  • Work with the health ministry to update policy and framework for data standardization, exchange, privacy, and security; interoperability of systems; and unique patient identifiers across health systems.

Select Results

  • Assisted Government of Haiti to enroll and monitor 37,491 tuberculosis patients less than one year after it launched the country’s tuberculosis tracker.
  • Digitized previously paperbound patient details registered by healthcare providers at local facilities across Haiti.
  • Created a mobile application to facilitate increased data collection, including from rural locales.
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