You may have seen the posts on IAPHL or Global Digital Health Network this morning, but I wanted to personally share the below message and blog link with the OpenLMIS Community. This message outlines the experience OpenLMIS had at the most recent TechNet-21 Conference in Portugal and summarizes some of the key messages that we heard from global immunization stakeholders.
If you have time for one thing in this message, I would suggest watching Vidya Sampath’s “pitch” on OpenLMIS during the PitchFest. She nailed her presentation - her enthusiasm and message was truly inspiring. It gave me goosebumps and reminded me of why the work we’re doing – and our community – really matters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5rS3PeLY64&feature=youtu.be&t=20m23s
Please also note the “save the date” at the end of the message for a vaccine-specific webinar on Nov. 30. The webinar is in the very early planning stages and Mary Jo will talk more about it during the next Product Committee call this coming Tuesday. Your feedback and participation is very welcome.
At the most recent TechNet-21 Conference in Portugal, OpenLMIS presented on a number of exciting and innovative developments happening in the software and community. Most importantly, however, we were at the conference to listen. The OpenLMIS tool and initiative is built by listening - to users, stakeholders, and funders alike, and we heard what the immunization community had to say about its priorities and focus for the coming year.
Without good digitized data, there is no management:
Throughout the conference, participants talked about guidance on interpreting data, predictive analysis, and forecasting - all ways of utilizing data for management of the vaccine supply chain. The essential point here, however, is without digitized data, none of this is possible. Without a reliable electronic system to capture, aggregate, and disseminate data, program managers will continue to struggle with sluggish data availability and potentially limiting the impact of investments in the immunization supply chain.
Data warehousing provides a strong foundation:
At the conference, participants talked frequently about predictive analyses - the ability to utilize data to make better decisions and to address obstacles before they become problems. OpenLMIS recognizes that, while there is strong appetite for predictive analyses, none of it is possible without data being digitized and collected in a systematic way. OpenLMIS is currently exploring this idea of data warehousing to ensure that system users have access to the data they need to evaluate, predict, visualize, and act.
More of our key takeaways from TechNet and the ways we incorporate user feedback and best practices into immunization supply chain work can be found in our latest blog: http://openlmis.org/build-listening-openlmis-technet/
Save the Date! Join us for a webinar on November 30, 2017, when OpenLMIS will present the latest software developments for vaccine management. Immunization supply chain stakeholders and anyone interested in learning more about the OpenLMIS community, the vaccine module, and our commitment to incorporating user input and best practices are invited to join. Free and open to the public, webinar details forthcoming.
Look for OpenLMIS at the Global Digital Health Forum in December. We’ll be presenting a number of different sessions, including one of the all-new lab sessions - an integration environment between OpenLMIS + DHIS2 + OpenSRP!
Thank you for your time and best wishes in your work,
Tenly Snow, OpenLMIS Community Manager
Tenly Elizabeth Snow, MS
OpenLMIS Community Manager