Considerations for the Integration of HMIS and LMIS 07-08-2014
In many countries and contexts, health management information systems (HMISs) and logistics management information systems (LMISs) and their data are managed separately. They are often housed in separate organizations or management hierarchies. Even if data collection at the community or facility level is compiled on one form and handled by one person for both logistics and service delivery information, service delivery program managers often do not have access to aggregate logistics data, reports, and statistics. Likewise, logisticians do not have access to aggregate service delivery data, reports, and statistics.
We have identified three primary ways that LMIS and HMIS data can be linked:
1. Ad hoc comparison of data: Gathering data from both the LMIS and HMIS independently at a single point in time and manually comparing or linking the data for comparison and analysis
2. Capturing LMIS and HMIS data in one system: Either creating a single system that acts as both an HMIS and an LMIS or capturing a subset of data from one system in the other
3. Electronic integration of separate HMIS and LMIS: Two separate, independent HMIS and LMIS systems that are integrated externally so that relevant data from each system is available to users of both systems
In conducting interviews to prepare this report, we determined that although substantial interest exists in linking LMIS and HMIS data, very few examples are in place where countries are successfully implementing links of the three types mentioned. Therefore, the considerations outlined in this report are based on the expertise of the interviewees rather than specific country examples.