Recognized as a trailblazer in its category, the web-based R-HMIS has been operational countrywide since February 2012 and collects data from over 700 public health facilities. With improved data reporting timeliness, completeness, and accuracy, R-HMIS has made sweeping changes to how health data is being collected and used in Rwanda today.
What did the situation look like before R-HMIS? With a system that was stretched to its limits, and lacking in capacity to gather data efficiently, it could at times take months to receive health reports from remote areas of the country. The data that eventually came through was likely to have passed through multiple sources and was usually not very reliable. The timing couldn’t have been better for a completely new system.