There are limited low cost technological solutions available in low income country settings that allow different types of health insurers to professionally operate health insurance schemes. To address this gap, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Swiss TPH have embarked on a joint initiative to support the development of an open source health insurance management information system (OpenHIMIS). The “Insurance Management Information System” (IMIS), a health insurance management software originally designed by Swiss TPH in the SDC funded HPSS project in Tanzania - and thereafter also implemented in Cameroon and Nepal - will be used as the starting point of this initiative. The inception phase of the initiative until end of December 2016 will focus on creating a master version for IMIS which will bring the country versions together and operationalize the current IMIS community to share and innovate further. This will also provide a ready to use most advanced version of IMIS to new countries wishing to implement IMIS. This system will enable countries to equip their health insurance schemes with a modular and interoperable management software which is applicable to any type of insurance model. The mobile phone applications and online and offline functionalities support a cost-effective operation especially for rural population, thus helping countries to advance on the road to Universal Health Coverage.
Objectives and Aims
- To develop the most advanced version of the Insurance Management Information System (IMIS)
- To bring together the existing IMIS community and provide a way forward to share and further grow this community
Health insurance providers of all forms will have access to this system and be able to use it to support their own operations.