District Health

Health Information Systems Programme (HISP)

Health Information Systems Programme (HISP) aims to support the improvement of health care systems in the southern hemisphere by increasing the capacity of health care workers to make decisions based on accurate information. HISP provides training and support for users of the open source District Health Information System (DHIS) software, which is under continuous development. The project started in post-apartheid South Africa, and has been introduced in a number of countries in Africa and Asia. It is part of the BEANISH initiative to improve health information in Africa.

Hospital Management


Patient Registrations and Records Tracking, Diagnosis and Treatment Tracking, Laboratory Management, Pharmacy Management , Patient Billing,  NHIF and other insurance companies billing, Government Reporting

Medical Records


Whether for lack of time, developers, or money, most health care programs in developing countries manage their information with simple spreadsheets or small, poorly designed databases…if anything at all. To help them, we need to find a way not only to improve management tools, but also to reduce unnecessary, duplicative efforts.  OpenMRS is a software platform and a reference application which enables design of a customized medical records system with no programming knowledge (although medical and systems analysis knowledge is required). It is a common platform upon which medical informatics efforts in developing countries can be built. The system is based on a conceptual database structure which is not dependent on the actual types of medical information required to be collected or on particular data collection forms and so can be customized for different uses. OpenMRS is based on the principle that information should be stored in a way which makes it easy to summarize and analyze, i.e. minimal use of free text and maximum use of coded information. At its core is a concept dictionary which stores all diagnosis, tests, procedures, drugs and other general questions and potential answers. OpenMRS is a client-server application which means it is designed to work in an environment where many client computers access the same information on a server. OpenMRS is a multi-institution, nonprofit collaborative led by Regenstrief Institute, Inc. (, a world-renowned leader in medical informatics research, and Partners In Health (, a Boston-based philanthropic organization. These teams nurture a growing worldwide network of individuals and organizations all focused on creating medical record systems and a corresponding implementation network to allow system development self reliance within resource constrained environments. To date, OpenMRS has been implemented in twenty countries throughout the world, including South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Uganda and Tanzania.