Overview of the new tool, development status, upcoming plans, positioning/potential, Q&A- slides available here and 1-page description of the tool attached below
Gaurav: This is a stripped down version of OpenLMIS for a lightweight version; using CCE equipment module to track equipment (ventilators for examples) can be tracked;
We initially thought better target countries would be those who already have OpenLMIS because a lot of the functionalities and familiarity would be there; longterm view is to give new abilities to countries who dont currently have anything.
Kelly: data standards that can link all the levels of the supply chain are important; this is an opportunity to coalesce the community around a set of standards
Jean: Is it possible to use existing OpenLMIS and just add existing products to it, rather than use the OpenLMIS COVID instance?
Ashraf: The TZ team did not have to do any programming, they used the existing system to support the COVID program
Wes: We will likely end up using some of the lessons learned from this project; taking the product list ; SaaS option that is only related to COVID-related commodities for now (but there is opportunity to expand number of products later). Out thinking has evolved over time regarding
Brandon: this is helpful and exciting; time to share data about this; Who is the key target audience (the countries who don't have OpenLMIS?): Exciting to see that a lot of the target countries are countries who dont have functional eLMIS. Somewhat cautious about countries that have current OpenLMIS implementations; those teams could be better off using their existing instance. This is what is happening in TZ, Malawi, and Zambia. Can be tricky when there is existing partner relationships; could be complicated. We should review existing countries on a case by case basis
Brandon: Could this feed into global ordering mechanisms? Could we make it so that the OpenLMIS data feeds into an order (Wambo, control tower, etc.)? Is this still a future idea?
Gaurav: That was our vision in the beginning; but then had a number of discussions with the Global Fund and was taking too long; complications. This is still the vision but the main thrust for now will be to make these deployments successful and useful