What is WHIMS?

When we had some of our first Skype calls with the people in iKure, we learned that their health service delivery system (hub-and-spoke model) involves three major components: health data collection, escalation of patient emergencies or referrals to doctors, and management of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals within the system.

All of these activities are managed through iKure’s unique electronic portal, the Wireless Health Incident Monitoring System (WHIMS). Similar to any Electronic Health Record (EHR), WHIMS is expected to compile patient data, organize and track prescriptions, and monitor operations and stocks of iKure’s numerous health system clients and facilities.

CHW view of WHIMS; ideally this would be presented via mobile device
CHW view of WHIMS; ideally presented via mobile device

However, unlike most EHRs, iKure has attempted something different with WHIMS, by trying to make it compatible with mobile devices to be used by Community Health Workers (CHWs) out in rural communities where internet connection is highly unreliable. So far though, this “Kiosk” version of WHIMS has just been a theory, and has not been successfully built and validated in the field.

The expectation placed on our team, therefore, is to enhance the capabilities of mobile WHIMS, and turn this idea into a reality. By doing this, our team will help iKure better enhance data collection and health care delivery to Indian rural communities that live beyond the “spoke” facilities of iKure’s hub-and-spoke model.

Now, if only we could find a catchier name than “mobile WHIMS” or “WHIMS Kiosk Model”…