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Interview with iSIKHNAS Coordinator in Riau Province

When iSIKHNAS was introduced in Riau Province in 2014, the provincial office of Livestock and Animal Health Services initially only used this information system for disease reporting and case management. As more reporting features are included in iSIKHNAS, Riau Province becomes one of the most active provinces using this system, and uses almost all iSIKHNAS reporting features. The definitive diagnostic feature that allows accurate mapping of disease situations, for example, mostly originated from Riau Province, accounting for 85% of all definitive diagnoses.  This impressive performance is inextricably related to the role of the iSIKHNAS coordinator in the province, drh. Ali Saukhan, who has been a provincial coordinator from the get-go, when iSIKHNAS was first introduced in Riau Province.

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iSIKHNAS annual report 2018

Since its implementation in the country in 2013, Indonesia’s animal health information system, iSIKHNAS, has seen rapid growth. In just 5 years, iSIKHNAS has registered more than 20 thousand animal health officers and 5 million farmers – a dramatic increase from the initial user figure of only 320 officers. Throughout 2018, the system received 19.5 million messages and reports from 34 provinces in Indonesia, or one new message every 1.6 seconds. This means that, from the second you started reading this article until you arrive at this sentence, 12 new messages have been submitted into iSIKHNAS.

This rapid development certainly has its consequences. It is therefore important to monitor how users interact with the system. To find out the quantity and type of data entered into the system, understand how the system has been used, and identify a range of challenges and opportunities, we extracted data from iSIKHNAS for further analyses, which have been summarised in the iSIKHNAS 2018 performance monitoring report.  This monitoring report will be provided publicly every year and can also be made by the animal health offices in each region to provide an overview of reporting situation at the local level.

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