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Gavi Releases Immunisation Supply Chain Software Standards

The Gavi Secretariat has released a global  standards document for immunisation supply chain (iSC) information systems. 

A hallmark of effective supply chains is end-to-end (E2E) visibility of supply and demand data that are used to make decisions and take effective action. For immunisation programmes, a critical success factor is access to accurate, complete and timely data on vaccine utilisation and distribution, the performance and deployment of cold chain equipment (CCE), and the ...

HLN releases Version 1.13.1 of its Award Winning Open Source Immunization Forecaster

A new release (v 1.13.1) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) is now available (download ICE version 1.13.1). ICE is a state-of-the-art open-source software system that provides clinical decision support (CDS) for immunizations for use in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health ...

OpenLMIS 3.3 - New Release Supporting Immunization Supply Chains

Greetings iSC Colleagues,

The OpenLMIS Community is proud to announce the release of OpenLMIS version 3.3, the latest release in the version 3 series specifically supporting immunization supply chains (iSC).

Immunization supply chains are facing a time of decreasing resources and increasing risk, underlining the importance of managing data at all levels. In response to consistent requests to add functionality to address the needs of iSC, OpenLMIS is proud to release the first ...

HLN Adds Support for Earliest/Overdue Date in Latest Release of Open Source Immunization Forecaster

A new release (v 1.11.1) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) is now available (Download ICE version 1.11.1). ICE is a state-of-the-art open-source software system that provides clinical decision support for immunizations (CDSi) for use in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health...

OpenLMIS Vaccine Module Webinar: November 30 at 8 AM PST

Dear TechNet-21 Members,

Please join OpenLMIS on November 30th at 8 AM PST/ 5 PM CET/ 7 PM EAT for a webinar presenting details on the current roadmap and latest developments in the OpenLMIS v3 vaccine module.

This webinar will serve as a refresher for those involved with the development of the vaccine module and a presentation of the roadmap and recently developed features for those interested in learning more about how OpenLMIS manages vaccines.

Please register in ad...

HLN Releases Version 1.9.1.0 of its Award Winning Open Source Immunization Forecaster

A new release (v 1.9.1.0) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) is now available (download ICE v 1.9.1.0). ICE is a state-of-the-art open-source software system that provides clinical decision support for immunizations (CDSi) for use in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Persona

The release includes the following...

OpenLMIS 3.2 Release - Beta CCE Service

The OpenLMIS community has the pleasure to announce the milestone release of OpenLMIS version 3.2. In line with the version 3 series, 3.2 includes new features in stock management, new administrative screens, targeted performance improvements and a beta version of the Cold Chain Equipment (CCE) service. It also contains contributions from the Malawi implementation, a national implementation that is now live on OpenLMIS version 3.

3.2 represents the first milestone towards the...

HLN Releases Roadmap for Open Source ICE Immunization Forecaster

HLN has released a product Roadmap for its award winning Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE).  ICE is an open source service-oriented, standards-based immunization forecasting software system that evaluates a patient’s immunization history and generates the appropriate immunization recommendations. The Roadmap describes modifications that have already been scheduled for inclusion in new releases o...

ICE Open Source Immunization Forecaster Receives 2017 US National Vaccine Program Office Upshot Award

On June 6, 2017, HLN was awarded the 2017 Upshot Award for Excellence in Vaccine Supply, Access, and Use by the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) for its ICE Open Source Immunization Forecaster. In the letter of award, Dr. Jewel Mullen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health...

New Release of Open Source Immunization Evaluation and Forecasting Software

HLN has released a new version of its ICE Open Source Immunization Evaluation and Forecasting software (v 1.7.1.0) on February 24, 2017.

As always, the most recent version of open source Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) can be downloaded from the Downloads page on the ICE wiki.

This new release of ICE (v 1.7.1.0) has the following new additions & changes:

Update to logic that determines whe...

New Release of Open Source Immunization Evaluation and Forecasting Software

HLN today released a new version of its ICE Open Source Immunization Evaluation and Forecasting software covering the following changes:

HPV updates:

(1) Added support for new 2-dose series; recommend based on 2- or 3-dose series accordingly.

(2) Ignore (HPV, bivalent (Cervarix)) shots administered to males.

(3) Removed minimum age restriction for dose 2 and dose 3

Meningococcal updates:

(1) Added absolute minimum age/minimum age of 16 years for...

Linking the information silos: Tanzania’s HMIS – LMIS data exchange yields lessons for broader interoperability

As supply chain professionals working in the global health sector, we have heard countless requests and statements over the years to integrate data from HMIS and LMIS tools. This is partly to streamline reporting channels and to reduce the reporting burden, and partly to attempt to compare information between the two systems. Often this conversation is burdened by a lack of understanding about how the two data sets differ.


As countries adopt electronic information systems to man...

Next Generation Supply Chains – A Dialogue with EPI and Child Health Managers

Reposted from JSI's The Pump

Jeff Sanderson,Senior Technical Advisor

African immunization supply chains need to be transformed. Between 2010 and 2020, new vaccine introductions will quadruple the volume of vaccines per immunized child. The number of vaccine doses that health workers will administer is increasing six-fold. Evidence from

Dispatch from the Global Health Supply Chain Summit

“You can’t vaccinate a child with a mobile phone.”
Andrea Coleman, co-founder, Riders for Health

Technology is all the rage in global health programs, from immunization and child survival to reproductive and maternal health, to malaria, HIV and TB programs. mHealth platforms proliferate, eHealth applications and acronyms abound: DHIS, eLMIS, HRIS, MRIS, EMR, MFR…OMG!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a technology champion and a bit of a geek, convinced that technology, applied corr...

Building the Next Generation Vaccine Information Management System: VIMS as an integrated module within the supply chain data eco-system in Tanzania

In the last decade, vaccine information management has slowly evolved from paper at every level in the health system, to Excel-based reports at higher levels (districts or above) that are emailed, to simple stand-alone databases with exported PDF reports, and most recently web forms that capture data and display essential dashboards online. Different countries are at different stages in this evolution, and most still rely on paper to capture data from health facilities and vaccination points. In...

New Infographic: mHealth improves CHW access to life-saving medicines in Malawi

cStock is a simple mHealth system that helps to ensure community health workers in Malawi have lifesaving products to treat children under five. cStock was originally piloted in 6 districts and 3 of these districts also implemented supporting teams. The greatest benefits were shown in districts with both increased data visibility from cStock and communication from teams. The Enhanced Management approach including cStock and teams is currently being scaled up nationwide. View our new infographi...

New IOM software tool helps prioritize vaccine development

Many thanks to Robert Steinglass for sharing this information with TechNet-21. As diseases emerge and infections re-emerge, new and improved vaccines are needed. The decisions about which vaccines should be developed first can affect millions of people's health, quality of life, and economic progress. However, fiscal pressures on health care and research budgets have pushed analysts to take a more careful look at the health benefits and cost-effectiveness that have traditionally driven decisi...

Four videos on Logistics Information Management Systems from PATH

VaxTrak in Vietnam VaxTrak helps health workers keep track of vaccine stock. In 2011, the Vietnamese National Expanded Programme on Immunization introduced VaxTrak in the provinces of Phu Tho, Quang Tri, and Ben Tre. This short video shows how VaxTrak works and examines the impact it has had. [youtube]zbYuN9OXV4c[/youtube] Logistimo in South Sudan Logistimo is a cloud-based logistics management information system that can help immunization health workers keep track of vaccine stock. In May ...

Vietnam’s transition from paper-based to online vaccine tracking

by Dao Ding Sang and Vu Minh Huong, PATH Over the last three years, Optimize has been working with Vietnam’s National Expanded Programme on Immunization (NEPI) to pilot a new computerized logistics management information system. The new system, named VaxTrak, is designed to help immunization health workers keep track of vaccine stock as it is received and dispatched, and to facilitate aggregated monthly reporting on immunizations given. The goal is to increase the accuracy and timeliness of vac...

In pictures: Logistimo in South Sudan

by Ryan McWhorter, Logistimo, and Dan Brigden, PATH To accompany the article “South Sudan deploys new mobile phone-based stock management tool” in this month’s newsletter, project Optimize has published a photo set on Flickr that reveals how the new logistics management information system created by Logistimo is being used by health staff in South Sudan. The photo set illustrates how county stock managers can use the Logistimo application on their mobile phones to review and update vaccine s...

Transforming inventory management to improve Kenya's vaccine program

by Dr. Joyce Charo, DVI, Kenya and Dr. Anthony Ngatia, CHAI A web-based stock management tool has just been deployed in five regional stores across Kenya. The goal is to ensure the availability of vaccines by reducing stockouts and improving vaccine program performance. Dr. Joyce Charo from the Division of Vaccines and Immunisation (DVI) in the Kenyan Ministry of Health and Dr. Anthony Ngatia from the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) provide an update. In February 2011, Kenya became the...

In Pictures: Online immunization registry transforms work in Albania

To accompany the article “Online immunization registry transforms the work of health staff in Albania” in this month’s newsletter, project Optimize has publishedhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/projectoptimize/sets/72157630314080396/" target="_blank"> a ...

Online immunization registry transforms work in Albania

An interview with Silvia Bino, Albania Institute of Public Health The Institute of Public Health in Albania recently developed an online immunization registry to replace their existing paper-based system. In May 2011, the new system—named IIS—was piloted in Shkoder district. One year later, Op.ti.mize talks to Silvia Bino about how it has transformed the way vaccinations are scheduled and recorded. Before IIS was launched, how were immunizations scheduled? Nurses and the district head of vacci...

Lives Saved Tool (LiST)

The Lives Saved Tool (LiST) has been developed to estimate the impact of health interventions and can consider multiple interventions simultaneously. This new computer-based tool allows users to set up and run multiple scenarios to look at the estimated impact of different intervention packages and coverage levels for their countries, states or districts. These scenarios, developed with the LiST tool, provide a structured format for program managers or ministry of health personnel to combine the...

Albania pilots electronic immunization registry

by Erida Nelaj, Albania Institute for Public Health and Jan Grevendonk, PATH In May 2011, the Albanian Institute for Public Health (IPH) launched a new web-based immunization registry and vaccine ordering system in the district of Skodra. Based on the acceptability and success of the system in Skodra, the government is deciding when and how to roll out the software nationwide. After an initial training with nurses, the system appears to be working well, and acceptability is high. [Click photo...

Open-source logistics management information system solutions

by Leah Hasselback, VillageReach and Jan Grevendonk, PATH As more and more countries consider the move from paper-based systems to electronic health information systems, there is a pressing need for global coordination and collaboration among efforts. This is particularly true in the emerging and fragmented field of logistics management information systems (LMIS). Over the past decade, a myriad of LMIS have been developed under the sponsorship of the global health community. Yet in most cases t...

Zambia develops user and system requirements for logistics management

by David Lubinski, PATH; Wendy Bomett-Dodie, USAID | Deliver; and Chipopa Kazuma, Medical Stores Limited, Zambia In February 2011, Zambia’s Ministry of Health invited partners involved in supply chain management to help them develop a shared vision, roadmap, and user requirements for a logistics management information system (LMIS) in the country. Doing so has made Zambia the first country to modify the global Collaborative Requirements Development Methodology (CRDM) to develop a country-specif...

Using software to achieve continuous quality improvement

Written by: S Kibet, WHO Kenya; P Zaninka & T Rweizire, Uganda EPI; R Anderson, UW; and S Newland, PATH Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of vaccine supply chains is no easy task, especially when data is difficult to gather, financing is tight, and there is pressure to improve and expand. Supply chains, by nature, are made up of multitudes of constantly-shifting variables, and few Expanded Programme on Immunization programs have the right tools to track and maintain those variables i...

Using mobile phones to track immunizations

Using mobile phones to track immunizations by Jørn Ivar Klungsøyr on behalf of http://www.openXdata.org (http://www.openXdata.org) and Jan Grevendonk, PATH In August 2010, the Norwegian Research Council approved funding for a new project that will allow countries to manage immuni...
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