John Lewis

  • HISP Vietnam Director
  • DHIS2 Consultant at University of Oslo

Contact Info:



DHIS2 Implementation and setup, Conducting Training of Trainers, Project implementation proposal, plan and evaluation. Database: PostgressSQL, Mysql, Microsoft SQL, Foxpro, MS Access. Application: DHIS: Open Health, Mapper, Tracker, Mobile DHIS, iHRIS, OpenMRS. Reporting Tools: Birt Report Designer, iReports-Jasper, Crystal Reports, basic knowledge on R Statistical package. GIS tools: Arc GIS, Q GIS

Key qualifications:

  • Currently working as DHIS2 consultant for University of Oslo, based in Vietnam, and supporting local HISP Vietnam team in strengthening Health Information System in Vietnam and South East Asia.
  • Working with LAO PDR National team in setting up National level DHIS2.
  • Working with University of Oslo in building data warehouse for six ministry of health in East African Community (EAC) (Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zanzibar).
  • Working with Path Finder, Vietnam in building bridge between DHIS2 and Software used in Thai Nguyen province.
  • Working with University of Oslo in building Burundi National HMIS system.
  • Leading work package of e and m health solution in the project harmonized Reproductive Health Register coordinated by Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in collaboration with WHO.
  • Designing development, training and Implementation plan for Tajikistan National HMIS.
  • Experience in designing and developing of reports and reporting formats for the local needs at the state, district, sub-district and facility level.
  • Legacy data import into DHIS2 from various legacy HMIS tool such as GESIS in Rwanda – (MS Sql server), different system in various directorate in MoH Bangladesh – Oracle, FoxPro, Excel, MS Access, Data from Excel into DHIS2 at country level, Kenya, Bangladesh, States in India.
  • Experience in designing and customization of the database to the local, state and national needs and identifying the essential datasets.
  • Creation of spatial maps, Map cleaning and Setting up of GIS in DHIS2.
  • Developed a Spatial GIS system for Andhra Pradesh State Aids Control Society, which involves mapping of Hospital to nearest Blood Banks and other associated institutes.
  • Working with open source communities on design and development of suite of application for HIS.
  • Working along with the various state health departments in customize the national HMIS for state specific needs.
  • Coordinate and conduct various training program including TOT and their evaluation.
  • Setting up DHIS2 for countries and states including basic server setup and DHIS2 customization.

Publications, Conferences

  • Lewis J (2005), “Design & Development of Spatial GIS system for Primary Health Care Sector: Case Study from India and Mozambique”. Master’s Thesis. Department of Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.
  • Lewis J (2011), “From technology for information to information for local action: the rule of participatory networks from case studies in India”. PhD Thesis, Department of Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.


  • Sahay S and Lewis J (2009), “Challenges and approaches in moving from data to information to knowledge: Case study from the Gujarat state health system India”. Ifp9.4
  • Mekonnen S, Sahay S, Lewis J (2009), “The role of Social Capital in the Integration of Health Information Systems”. IFIP: 2009-05-26 – 2009-05-28 UiO.
  • Ranjini C.R, Sahay S, Lewis J (2009) “The Informational Challenge is Achieving Maternal Mortality Goal MDG5: An Analysis From India” IFIP 9.4; 2009-05-26 – 2009-05-28.UiO
  • Sahay S, Lewis J (2010) “Strengthening Metis around Routine Health Information Systems in Developing Countries”. Information Technologies and International Development 2010; Volume 6.(3) p. 67-87 UiO
  • Sahay S, Lewis J (2010) “’Outliers’: A Public Health inspired perspective”, South African Journal on Information System.(Under Review)
  • Asalefew A, Mukherjee S.A, Sahay S, Lewis J (2011) “Understanding Design-Use interaction: the case of a community based Health Information system in India” IFIP 2011 UIO (Under Review)