HISP India started as a loose network of like-minded individuals who combined their knowledge about software
design, development and implementation with the analysis, interpretation and use of health indicators.
Currently, HISP India is a team of about 40 people, organized in two clusters; technical (software development, testing, server/system admin); and, public health.The team comes with competencies in conducting requirements analysis, design and development, testing, capacity building, system implementation, documentation, website development and infrastructure management including servers and data centers.
HISP India is a key node in the global Health Information System Program (HISP) network coordinated by the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway and works on several collaborative projects with them. It is an ISO 9001:2015 certified organization and the hospital application developed by them is REDHAT compliant.
Strengthen public health information
systems through sustainable and
scalable free and open source solutions.
The vision is operationalized through a
mission based on 4 foundational principles.
We believe that "airplanes don't fly, airlines do."
This implies that technology on its own cannot do much,
but requires various social, technical and institutional elements
to come together and harmonized to achieve effective results.
This emphasizes the belief that we learn best in collectives rather as individuals. A key focus of our efforts is on enabling networks through the sharing of ideas, experiences, best practices, software products, and training material across the different entities at various levels (global, national, sub-national). Working with open source solutions and ideology is core to enabling collective action.
We understand that people are comfortable working in certain ways, with existing practices, protocols, artefacts and routines. Thus, we make sure that the transition to a new way of working is carefully thought through. Moreover, as designers, we know that existing ways of working are not all wrong and ineffective, and try to retain into the new system.
A global solution cannot be universally applied across all settings but needs to be tailored and cultivated in particular local socio-technical contexts. These contexts reflect existing technical, institutional and cultural conditions. Principles of participatory design are key to understanding context and ensuring they are proactively considered in the system design.
Our work is in the domain of public health informatics, and specifically concerning the design, development, implementation, and support of DHIS2 based applications for governments and international organizations (WHO, PATH, CHAI and others). HISP India has a collaborative MoU with the University of Oslo (UiO) and jointly works on various DHIS2 related projects, including in the conduct of International DHIS2 related topics in India, HISP India trainers act as resource persons for other global academies in Africa and Asia. In addition to DHIS2, we also have experience in building non-DHIS2 based systems for Human Resources, Hospitals (based on OpenMRS), MHealth, ODK, and integrations across these systems. HISP India is one of the oldest and most proactive partners in the global HISP Network and has worked in Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Tajikistan.