A digital global good allowing for efficient administration of social health protection schemes 

With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, more and more countries are enacting policies to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Universal Social Protection (USP) for their populations. The administration of social health protection schemes depends on the implementation of multiple and complex business processes. Scheme operators in low- and middle-income countries struggle to achieve efficiencies in these schemes when they lack access to appropriate digital technologies.  

openIMIS is an open source software which helps manage these processes by bringing  beneficiary, provider and payer data together in a single platform. For scheme operators, it offers a standardised, yet easy to adapt way to manage the large volumes of information which need to be exchanged as part of the administration of social health protection schemes. For beneficiaries, it simplifies enrollment procedures, reduces costs and makes it easy to verify one’s coverage status, at the point of care, when seeking services.

The openIMIS Initiative is a collaboration between the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), which supported the initial development of the software by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in Tanzania in 2012.  As a global good, openIMIS is constantly improving and developing through the experiences and contributions of implementers, software developers and a community of users spread around the world. The articles on this page give a good overview.

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