Dataviz summer update

We have had 6 busy months since January and we have plenty of new features to announce!

New – portal homepage

To provide visitors with a clear introduction and overview of the site, we have added a fully customisable homepage to all portals. You can now present the program objective, data collection process, partners, useful links, publications and more directly on this page.

View a facility’s categorical data

Using the DHIS2 organisation unit groups, we are now able to show the ownership of each facility to one or multiple groups on the map.

When you zoom out of the map, the statistics for that zone appear as you hover over them.

Additional options to visualise your data

In order to respond to the growing diversity of our clients’ needs, we added a few new ways to visualise your data.

Vertical charts

Best used to compare current values of connected indicators.

True / False key indicators visual improvements

Perfect for visualising service availability like water/electricity access or stock out monitoring.

Heatmaps

Monitor resources over time with this widely requested chart type option. Define your own color scale for each indicator using color legends set in DHIS2.

Inaccuracies reporting tool

We added this very simple tool that allows someone to easily report issues regarding the data for any facility displayed. It opens a mail with all the facility details and allows the person to explain what and where the issues are.

Improved mobile experience

We noticed an increasing number of users viewing the portals on mobile devices. With this a need to easily report inaccurate information via mobile is growing. So we have focused on improving the user experience for mobile.

Map layers are now grouped and easy to switch

Download a graph as an image

That’s all for now but do not hesitate to reach out with ideas or feedback on your Dataviz instance. We are happy to support your programs with this tool.

You can now manage your Dataviz directly in DHIS2

Do you use dataviz to demonstrate your program results? Today we are pleased to announce that you will be able to manage your dataviz directly in DHIS2. Thanks to our new DHIS2 Data Viz app!

Access to the app will allow you to easily make changes to your platform. You can configure all display settings, sections, change their order, …

The app is available directly via the app menu on DHIS2.
 

For a tour of the app, or if you have trouble finding the app in DHIS2 contact your project manager or our DataViz product owner.

Continued updates to the design

Thanks to your continued feedback and our user analysis, we have made a few additional updates to the Data Viz layout. Here’s what’s new:

  • Main content placement. Most visitors to the site are interested in the national level results. So we have moved this information to the left for ease of reading.  
  • Health Center attributes. The number of sub-zones, the attributes describing the health centers, the photos and the grouping, were not visible enough. We have added a dedicated space for the attributes describing the health zones and increased the visibility of the photos of the health centers.

We hope you find these changes helpful as you continue to use Data Viz to articulate your program needs to your various partners and stakeholders.

Example of groups display in RCA

Boris Rorsvort
Dataviz Product Owner
dataviz@bluesquarehub.com

Data Collect in the DRC: Patient feedback & monitoring socio-economic status

Health RBF programs typically evaluate patient satisfaction quarterly to verify the information declared by health centers about the services offered. Every quarter, a sampling of patients who visit the health facility are interviewed usually by Community-Based Organizations (CBO). Once data has been collected, a “community satisfaction score” is calculated for each provider, which impacts the payment/bonus allocated to that provider. In most countries, this process is paper-based.

Data Collect in Benin: near real-time service availability and readiness data

In early 2016, Benin’s Ministry of Health scaled up its Results-Based Financing (RBF) system. This move has ensured that all health care providers (all public, most faith-based, some private) are surveyed quarterly to externally assess service availability and quality of care. To aid Benin’s government, Bluesquare has been providing strategic support to their RBF data system.

Why you probably shouldn’t host yourself

When delivering software to our customers or helping them setup a DHIS2 for their National Health Information System (NHIS), we always end up with the same question: where should to host the system? While Web Applications can be developed using various languages and technologies, they are common enough to require at minimum a database (to host the data), a web server (to run the code and pages that make the application), and possibly a few other services (e.g. a mail server).

We’re delighted to welcome our new CTO, Martin Van Aken!

Martin learned to program as a kid on his Commodore 64, but turned to economics for his studies before starting a career as a teacher. He then shifted to software development, which he has been doing for the past 15 years, experiencing most of the roles in the sector: programmer, architect, customer contact, team leader, technical coach, startup founder and technical mentor.

Going mobile: taking data collection to the next level

Each year we see the use of mobile devices become more widespread, including in developing countries, where mobile technology was previously less accessible. Furthermore, with growing use has come an increased understanding of technology. This has clearly helped projects that use mobile data collection. While this underlines the potential power of mobile data collection, what key values does it bring?