Interactive dashboard for data-driven decision making among immunization program managers
Use predictive analytics to create an interactive dashboard of community-level immunization coverage for program managers and communities.
User interacting with the Kenya Immunisation Platform while serving clients.
Describe what you intend to do and how you'll do it in one to two sentences (required 350 Characters)
DIGI will develop an interactive dashboard for Kenyan immunization program managers to identify vulnerable children. We will complete this work by collaborating with Ona, a Nairobi-based software company that builds electronic immunization registries, and BlueCode, a Lusaka-based software company that builds immunization program dashboards.
Explain the innovation (2,500 characters)
Immunization program managers need access to client-level data and real-time performance metrics to make sound programmatic decisions. Our proposed interactive dashboard will use data generated from our existing tablet-based electronic immunization registry, the Kenya Immunisation Platform (KIP), that layers client-level information and facility-level data to create visuals and descriptive statistics summarizing gaps in immunization coverage. Predictive analytics will inform users of cohorts at risk for being under-immunized so program managers can ensure swift corrective action is taken. Socio-demographic, immunization history, and geo-spatial data from KIP will be used to predict which cohorts of children are at risk of drop-out and which facilities have drop-out rates that are above target levels. Facility-level data on the number of children in the target population will be incorporated into the dashboard to help managers assess performance. The dashboard will be deployed for use on laptops. Community health volunteers, sub-county, county, and national decision-makers are our intended users. KIP is currently used in Siaya County, where the number of decision-makers using the dashboard could potentially reach >30. As registries continue to be deployed throughout the country, the number of users would continue to grow. While dashboards are common to display data, few are interactive. Allowing users to interact with a particular community’s information in an easily accessible and understandable format helps users make better data-informed decisions. Decision-makers using our dashboard would be able to access information in real-time that would show them in which specific areas there are children vulnerable to or at-risk of becoming vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases. Additionally, use of predictive analytics in low and middle-income countries is relatively new, but has been proven to be beneficial for non-immunization health programs. A similar type of dashboard has been developed in Zambia, but lacks the inclusion of facility-level data, and has no predictive analytic functionality. We will leverage our existing work with electronic registries, open-source software, predictive analytics, and capacity building for health information systems to develop the interactive dashboard. Our strong relationship with the Ministry of Health (MOH) will ensure we get the buy-in we need to build a dashboard that meets user needs.
Which part(s) of the world does this innovation target?
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
We currently work closely with the Kenya MOH for deploying our electronic immunization registry, KIP, and would continue to leverage this relationship to bring the project to fruition. Specifically, at the national and sub-national levels we would work with the MOH to adapt the dashboard to the needs of immunization program decision makers to truly understand what metrics and visualizations would be useful for identifying children susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases. Additionally, we would collaborate with two software development companies in eastern and southern Africa. Ona, a Nairobi-based company, has experience developing registries in Kenya and Zambia, and BlueCode, a Lusaka-based company, has previously developed a dashboard using registry data in Zambia. We have previously worked with Ona to develop KIP and have connections with BlueCode.
How is your idea unique? (750 characters)
Our idea is different from other dashboards because it combines multiple existing data sources (KIP and facility-level target population), uses predictive analytics for immunizations at sub-national levels, and will be an open-source software platform. We are uniquely positioned to address the idea as we have significant experience developing and deploying health information systems in Kenya and are actively engaged with the open-source software community and the MOH. We aim to build and deploy high-quality, user-friendly solutions that improve healthcare quality. Our extensive knowledge of data used by immunization programs positions us well to understand how our dashboard can address existing data-use gaps among immunization programs.
What is the name of your organization
Digital Initiative Group @I-TECH (DIGI)
Explain your organization (250 characters)
DIGI designs, develops, implements, reinforces, and evaluates health information systems around the world. The innovation contributes to our goal of helping people access data to improve decision making and achieve better health outcomes.
Type of Submitter
We are a formal part of a University or Research Institution
Gender and Diversity (500 characters)
We recognize that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity. As we design, implement, and evaluate programs, we consider their impact on marginalized individuals, focusing on racial, gender, and economic inequity. On our team, we encourage and support multiple identities including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, disability, and age.
Organization Location (less than 250 Characters)
We are based at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. I-TECH has projects in 29 countries and partners with locally registered offices in 12 countries countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe (Ukraine).
Size of organization (number of employees):
Scale of organizational work
Global (within 2 or more global regions)
Tell us more about you
DIGI is a female-led team of researchers, digital health specialists, health workforce specialists, data analysts and software engineers. We value user-centered design and delivery of health information tools and platforms within a comprehensive package of services to foster an enabling environment. We promote open source “global goods” that are supported by implementer communities so clients own and sustain solutions long-term. In Kenya, we work closely with the county-level staff to design and implement KIP. We will share the code with partners to adapt to other country-contexts. Samantha Dolan (MPH, PhD cand) will lead efforts to design and deploy the interactive dashboard for KIP with developers and immunization program managers.
Samantha Dolan, PhD (cand) is a doctoral student in Implementation Science within the UW Department of Global Health, a monitoring and evaluation advisor with I-TECH, and team member within the Digital Initiatives Group at I-TECH (DIGI). Ms. Dolan has received a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations award to use technology to strengthen health systems aimed at improving data use by healthcare workers in order to increase vaccination uptake among children in Kenya.
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