Tulane CGHE designed and developed the 1st Family-Folder for collecting household health information in Ethiopia. The “folder” was designed for already deployed health extension workers at rural health-post level to make their service provision at health post and household level efficient. In recent years the “Paper folder” was deployed in rural Ethiopia. TUCGHE in recent years has been working to digitalize the family folder.
The computerization of the health post information system or also called as community health information system is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the community health extension worker’s day to day activities. Given the unique challenges, in terms of mobility and very low access to electricity and telecom infrastructure at the health post level, m-health presents good opportunities for the application of information technologies to the benefit of the community health extension program. The center has developed, tested and implemented various m-Health technologies that include the full automation of the integrated community “family folder “with a ruggedized netbook, tablets and mobile phones.
TenaCareCHIS enables the health extension professionals capture every detailed prevention, promotion and basic curative health services that is being provided at the health post and in the community electronically; and create conducive environment in using the community based health related data for decision-making and progressive improvement of service quality at the community level.
Embedded GIS functionality in the community health information system allows community health extension workers to see health service information linked with the location. Which improves community health service planning and management.