Tanzania

Scheme operator
President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG)
Year deployed
2012
openIMIS functionalities used
☑Enrollment ☑ Claims Management ☑ Beneficiary Management ☑ Claims Review ☑Reports
Deployment coverage
As of June 2019, the national roll-out had reached 19 out of 26 regions of mainland Tanzania
Implementing partners
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
Supporting partner
Financial Assistance: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Photo credit
Danielle Powell, Swiss TPH

Overview on the ground 

IMIS was originally developed in Tanzania (2012) under the SDC-funded Health Promotion and System Strengthening (HPSS) project implemented by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. The systems development and implementation in Tanzania is ongoing. The system was initially piloted in one region but later expanded to three. 

The project is supporting the government roll-out of IMIS in all 26 regions of the Tanzanian mainland. Under the current government directive, all regions in Tanzania have been asked to implement the new iCHF (Improved Community Health Funds) model in the country using CHF IMIS as the IT backbone for running CHF operations. All components of IMIS (online, offline, mobile phone and AR IMIS) are being used. The country continues to develop the system based on stakeholder needs and is working to integrate openIMIS into its  IT landscape. 

The server is installed and maintained by PORALG and the project team supports the government’s roll-out and implementation activities. Each region (initially district) operates its own CHF scheme through IMIS. Enrollments and renewals are handled by village-based enrollment officers. Each health facility (existing staff) undertakes verification and claims submissions for the patients they treat and regional-level teams then manage payment to each facility.

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Full Project scope

Health centers

6000 + health facilities to date in the system

Configuration 

National Product (some variations exist e.g. in Dar es Salaam):

  • Contribution: 30,000 TSH for a family of 6

  • Benefit Package: All services offered at government health facilities (dispensaries, health centers and hospitals)

  • No co-payment required

  • Cashless system for beneficiaries

 

System Set-up:

   

  1. Central Server 

  • Hosted at and managed by PORALG (Dodoma)
  • Server firewall
  • Back-up in recovery site in Dar es Salaam
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016
  • Dedicated Virtual Machine (VM) for Web Server (Web Application and Web Services)
  • Dedicated VM for database server 
  • Dedicated VM for AR IMIS server 
  • Dedicated VM for development and training 
  1. Android phones for enrollment and renewals; used by enrollment assistants

  2. Claims submitted to CHF through web interface, Android phones or on paper (subsequently entered through web interface by CHF staff) by health facilities

  3. IT team: Exact Software Ltd. (Programing team of 5 - 2 junior programmers, 3 senior programmers/Project Manager), Swiss TPH/HPSS project team (Product Manager, Systems Architect, Senior Insurance Informatics Specialist, IT Systems Analyst and regional IT officers)

 

 

Integration and interoperability

The system is currently being integrated with other government systems including:

  • SMS gateway solution to allow enrollment, renewals and payment confirmations to clients.

  • GEPG (Government e-Payment Gateway) solution. 

  • USSD gateway for mobile requests (enquiring, renewal, request control numbers for mobile or bank payments).

Discussions are ongoing for integration of IMIS with the government's GoTHOMIS (Government of Tanzania Hospital Management Information System) system to link health facility claims coming directly to IMIS, as well as the CHF accounting system. In the next phase of the project, integration with other systems will be undertaken based on government-identified priorities.

 

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