DHIS2 Tracker is an an application within the DHIS2 platform for the collection of individual-level (or case-based) transactional data--such as medical records for individual patients, confirmed and suspected cases during a disease outbreak, logistical information on specific commodities, or school records for students, to list just a few examples. Tracker supports direct monitoring and follow-up on those cases as well as data analysis and reporting within an HMIS, health program, or other large-scale project that requires information management down to a granular level.
Tracker shares the same design concepts as DHIS2 as a whole: a combination of a generic data model and flexible metadata configuration for rapid customization to meet a wide range of use cases. In addition to longitudinal data, the Tracker also supports the Event data model for individual-level data that is anonymous or not tracked over time. Tracker functions natively within DHIS2 core software and with the DHIS2 Android Capture App for mobile data collection. Tracker data is automatically aggregated within DHIS2 to support national and international reporting requirements, and allows you to take full advantage of the built-in suite of DHIS2 tools for data analysis and visualization, such as tables, charts, maps, and dashboards. Tracker also includes tools to support enhanced workflows at the facility or community level, such as SMS reminders and appointment schedules, and can be linked with other Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems.
On this page you can find an overview of some of the key features of DHIS2 Tracker. To learn more about where and how Tracker is currently being used, visit our DHIS2 Tracker In Action page. For updates to Tracker features included in the latest DHIS2 software release, see the DHIS2 Overview page. To review some of the key steps and considerations involved in launching a successful Tracker project, consult the Tracker Implementation Guide.
Faster and more complete data: Using Tracker allows for data capture at lower levels of the health system (or other organization), closer to the individual/patient level. This reduces data entry bottlenecks, minimizes potential aggregation errors, and allows for more granular disaggregation.
Integrated search: Before adding a new tracked entity, the app automatically conducts a search for existing matches to reduce potential duplication--in both online and offline modes.
GPS coordinates and polygons: DHIS2 allows users to capture not only GPS coordinates but also polygons by drawing directly on their map, which is useful for defining specific geographical areas related to a given program or intervention, such as focus areas for disease elimination programs.
Visualize and analyze: Aggregated Tracker data can be easily views and analyzed within DHIS2 using built-in tools such as dashboards, tables, charts, graphs, and maps. You can also export your data to an analytics platform of your choice.
Better patient outcomes: Improve retention by using Tracker to schedule visits, track missed appointments, and more. Tracker can be configured to send automated SMS messages to patients for appointment reminders, notification of test results, and other kinds of program-related information that can increase their engagment and participation.
Full local ownership of data: Hosting for each DHIS2 instance is handled by the owner organization--for example, a national Ministry of Health--who can define their own parameters for data storage in accordance with local laws and privacy concerns. Whether hosted locally or in the cloud, no outside entity--including DHIS2 software developers--can access patient data unless that access is specifically granted by the owner of the database.
Rapidly deployable and expandable: In countries and organizations that already use DHIS2 for aggregate data, Tracker programs can be implemented rapidly to add individual-level data without the need for an additional software platform. For those new to DHIS2, our Tracker documentation provides guidance on how to plan and implement Tracker, from pilot to national scale.
Localization: DHIS2 Tracker software and documentation is already available in multiple languages, and additional languages can be added upon request through our open translation portal. National teams can complete new translations themselves, or request support from the DHIS2 community.
Community Support: A global network of DHIS2 experts take part in the development and deployment of DHIS2 Tracker by submitting feature requests, participating in software testing, and providing valuable feedback from the field. You can join the discussion on the DHIS2 Community of Practice.