Geographic data is an essential piece of data for health and social programs.
Iaso is a geospatial data management platform (a georegistry) developed by Bluesquare to support the continuous management of geographical information.
The tool supports data management based on master lists of generic geographical objects often called organizational units (“org. units”, which are for example health areas, schools, provinces, health districts, or wells).
Iaso prevents data fragmentation and lack of standardisation that can lead to duplicative efforts, imprecise metrics, time consuming data integration efforts and errors. This lack of data accuracy can have devastating effects during outbreaks.
Iaso as georegistry is used in several countries in support of a process where updated data improves the health information system based on DHIS2.
Continuous management of geographical information
Iaso provides a number of core features in support of continuous geospatial data management: a mobile application, a web dashboard, a matching feature to merge various data sources, a data science and scripting interface and a seamless bi-directional integration with DHIS2.
The data management platform has two components:
That is used to manage, update and validate multiple master lists of org. units, including their geographical features, through the unification of multiple data sources.
Data collection tool
That supports structured and generic collection of information linked to org. units, e.g. collecting school location, or village location, or health service availability, or population estimates, across a territory.