However, because the LMIS is a manually operated system, accurate information on commodity stock levels in health facilities and pharmaceutical storage sites couldn’t be guaranteed. This meant limited visibility of logistics data, and limited use of the data to make critical decisions about stock management. To make the LMIS a more useful supply chain management tool, the LMU recommended automating it.
Two applications were selected for the new automated system: The District Health Information Software (DHIS2), a data analysis and reporting platform, and eLMIS (OpenLMIS v2), a data management software. By connecting both applications, data is communicated and exchanged but not duplicated, and analysis and visibility are improved.