COVID-19 Surveillance Digital Data Package

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DHIS2 has released a digital data package to accelerate case detection, situation reporting, active surveillance and response for COVID-19. The package is inspired by the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka’s pioneering design of DHIS2 tracker for COVID-19 case detection and draws on years of collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop information system standards for case-based disease surveillance. The COVID-19 digital data package includes standard metadata aligned with the WHO’s technical guidance on COVID-19 surveillance and case definitions and implementation guidance to enable rapid deployment in countries.

DHIS2 is currently being used for COVID-19 Surveillance in countries around the world, and has been evaluated as a leading digital solution for COVID-19 response by Johns Hopkins University, the CDC, and Digital Square. Explore the map below to see where the DHIS2 COVID-19 Packages are being tested and deployed.

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What can the DHIS2 COVID-19 Surveillance Digital Data Packages be used for?

The packages support surveillance workflows and automated analysis for key components of routine and active surveillance:
  • COVID-19 Case-based surveillance [tracker]: enrolls & tracks suspected cases; captures symptoms, demographics, risk factors & exposures; creates lab requests; links confirmed cases with contacts; and monitors patient outcomes. This package can be installed as a standalone COVID-19 package or can be integrated into a country’s existing integrated disease surveillance & response tracker.
  • Contact registration & follow-up program [tracker]: strengthens active case detection through contact tracing activities, such as identification and follow-up of contacts of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case.
  • Ports of Entry screening & follow-up program [tracker]: enrolls travelers who have visited high-risk locations at Ports of Entry for 14-day monitoring and follow-up.
  • COVID-19 Surveillance Event Program [event]: a simplified line-list that captures a subset of minimum critical data points to facilitate rapid analysis & response, particularly useful when caseloads or burden of reporting exceeds capacity for case-based surveillance tracker
  • COVID-19 Aggregate Surveillance [aggregate]: an aggregate reporting dataset that captures minimum necessary data points for daily or weekly reporting

To download the packages, visit our WHO Package Downloads page. All digital data packages are optimized for Android data collection with the DHIS2 Capture App, which is free to download on the Google Play store

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Test Out the DHIS2 COVID-19 Surveillance Demo

Explore the DHIS2 COVID-19 Surveillance Tracker on your own using our online demo database (login required): DHIS2 COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Demo
You can also test out the demo on your Android device using the DHIS2 Capture App by following the instructions below:
How to test DHIS2 the Covid-19 demo on Android
You can find links to downloadable and installable .json files for each of the COVID-19 packages on our WHO Package Downloads page. Each package is accompanied by a corresponding System Design Document, which provides details about the use case and configuration of the package, and an Installation Guide on preparing, importing, and adapting the package. Please consult these documents before you begin.
The following online resources are also available:
  • The DHIS2 Server Configuration Guide provides new automated tools for setting up a clean installation of DHIS2. This is our recommended approach when using the DHIS2 COVID-19 Tracker packages. Please read this guide before the package-specific documentation.
  • The COVID-19 Training Material provides generic training and learning guides that can be customized to your DHIS2 implementation.
  • The Tracker Implementation Guide provides general guidance on planning a DHIS2 Tracker instance.
  • The Frequently Asked Questions document provides answers to common questions about the package.
  • The Webinar is video demonstration of the package and explanation of its capabilities.
  • The COVID-19 Discussion and Support Channel on the DHIS2 Community of Practice is a forum where you can ask questions, get support for your implementation, and review issues that have been raised and resolved by other community members.