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 has supported the government roll-out of IMIS in all 26 regions of the Tanzanian mainland. 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.
More information can be found here.
Full Project scope
6,270 health facilities registered (as of Nov 2021) and connected with openIMIS
National Product (some variations exist e.g. in Dar es Salaam):
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.