Nineteen Countries Save $149 Million With Open Source Health Workforce Information Systems

Staff Writer | Capacity Plus | March 6, 2014

Nineteen countries are now using iHRIS, a free and open source human resources information system, to support over 810,000 health worker records. It would cost more than $149 million in licensing fees alone for these countries to support a similar number of records with a proprietary system purchased from for-profit companies.

Botswana, Chad, DR Congo, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda are using iHRIS to track, manage, and plan for their health workforces. They have moved beyond inefficient paper-based filing systems in favor of robust data and electronic records, which allow users to easily find, share, organize, and manage their information.

A powerful set of tools
The iHRIS suite of health workforce information software and tools includes:

  • iHRIS Manage, HR management software
  • iHRIS Qualify, training and licensure tracking software
  • iHRIS Plan, a workforce planning and modeling tool
  • iHRIS Retain, a tool developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization to cost health workforce retention strategies
  • iHRIS Train, for managing data on the education of health professionals.