Carl was in Malawi for the last OpenHIE meeting, worked on their eHealth architecture, facility registry, and OpenLMIS. In the notes for the call we looked at how OpenHIE architecture could be adapted to the Malawian context and how their currently being developed facility register, could interface with OpenLMIS and DHIS2 and how to manage the metadata.
In two weeks Carl will be in Angola for a "tech camp" that involves the DHIS2 and OpenLMIS implementations. Would be great to get contacts for some of the potential connection points.
Jake: Kyle, it would be great to hook Carl up with Becky and team. Dercio gave a slight orientation to the new OpenLMIS advisor that was hired for Angola. There is a new MIS advisor, should be in country this week so should be settled and ready to meet.
Kyle: DHIS2 implementation team, through PSI. They reached out to work together and coordinate in Angola. Especially around these connection points, the master facility list, master data management, governance, etc. Good timing. Make sure that the PSM folks in Angola can meet with Carl and PSI and have time for the meetings
Carl: Make specific recommendations for attendance. Just want to doublecheck that the right people are on the list. PSI is doing the logistics of the tech camp. We are supporting for facilitation and content.
Jake: We have a list of attendees to the LMIS workshop that Dercio and Langa led. Jake or Kyle can share with Carl.
Global FP VAN
Ramy was in touch with Jake to let him know that Malawi and Nigeria were selected for 18 month projects. Above the central medical store (global VAN), and Stew Stremel came to VR a couple weeks ago. They are in the vendor selection stage, 1Network, Intellicog, etc., we will work with them in Malawi to share what we know. Ramy mentioned if there is an opportunity to augment OpenLMIS to facilitate the data sharing, that Ramy had some HQ funds for this project. No action items yet but we're trying ot suppor that effort.
LB: Questions regarding that to make sure we're staying in the loop. My only concern about this RFP is that it's not a data analytics tool but a workflow tool. What does that mean, what additional data transformation will need to happen, including the eLMIS. It is not as clear cut as they imply it is.
Jake: Let them know that there is no product master, we didn't take advantage of the GS1 product model because CMST wasn't quite ready. Joyce has been driving this in Malawi, but it wasn't clear whether she knew much about OpenLMIS.
Kyle: I don't know about her level of knowledge of OpenLMIS. Taking a step back, the global FP VAN is an interesting/complimentatary product in this space. The pilots in Nigeria and Malawi will offer us insight into what we've been working on. Interoperability and more standardized data exchange processes. We should keep coming back with updates on the Malawi VAN to the Governance committee, from the PSM side. We are at the forefront for both the OpenLMIS deployment but also the FP VAN. It's still at the evaluation stage and we are separating out teams here for evaluation and implementation, but once the vendor is selected, I see more information sharing on whichever vendor it is and the country specific implementations. We will likely see more of this in the future, maybe not Global VAN, but derivitives off of this for broader data warehousing, GDSN sync, workflows, etc.
LB: This is only for family planning products, need to keep in mind the broader impact this may have on multiple commodity groups. Keep that as a conversation point.
Jake: Kelly might be receptive to some proposals in Tanzania by Feb. 1 so we are trying to get a reprioritized list from Alfred for the gap work.
LB: Need to have the conversation soon because she may not remain in her position too much longer.
Alfred: Tomorrow we will sit with 5 super users that are non GHSC or USAID projects. Going to talk with program pharmacists, regional pharmacists, hospital pharmacists, to get their inputs. Hopefully we will get something different from TZ.
Digital Square: Carl will be interim director starting Feb. 2. Be aware that Carl's plate is full. We are bringing in new resources to fill that gap, but just be aware that this is coming.