Countries are increasing investments in the digitization of legacy paper-based systems. WHOlaunched the SMART Guidelines initiative to support countries’ digitization journeys andfacilitate a structured approach to embedding WHO recommendations and standards withindigital systems. “Digital Adaptation Kit” (DAK) is one of the tools within the WHO SMARTGuidelines initiative. DAKs provide an operational and software-neutral mechanism that distils WHO guidelines into a standardized format that can be more easily incorporated intodigital systems.

The DAKs are intended to help provide health contentandrequirements to pply WHO guidance in digital form and communicate with both health practitioners/managers and technologists as they design digital systems. DAKs have been developed for sexual and reproductive health areas of antenatal care (ANC), family planning (FP), and HIV. Other health areas such as immunization, tuberculosis, and child health are also in the pipeline as part of a comprehensive primary health care (PHC) approach.
eHealth Lab Ethiopia /University of Gondar in collaboration with WHO headquarters and WHO country office are implementing DAKs at primary health care facilities.

Expected Outcomes

Aims of the Project

This implementation research aims to identify processes needed for adapting and incorporating the DAKs into countries’ existing digital systems for strengthening primary care, as well as assessing the impact of introducing the DAKs on service delivery and routine health information systems.

Research Phases