Introduction to The Multi-Source Data Analytics and Triangulation Platform

Initially, Nigeria was faced with no comprehensive integrated platform, poor access, and insufficient data to address decision making in the health sector. Consequently, the Federal Ministry of Health birthed the idea to have a central analytic repository of health data in Nigeria, hence the development of the MultiSource Data Analytics and Triangulation (MSDAT) platform. The platform provides a single transparent view of health data in the country from different sources (routine, surveys, and global estimates) using intuitive and several interactive visualizations.

Moreover, MSDAT is instrumental in monitoring SDG related indicators and the development of profiles based on available datasets at national and state levels. To assist new users, an interactive tour guide provides a drop bar to select health indicators, desired location, data source, preferred related indicator, preferred chart type, and a download icon.

Currently, 16 data sources in the program areas of Immunization, Mortality, Nutrition, HIV, Malaria, RMNCH provides 32 indicators to all users. Further plans to develop a mobile application, input natural language search and improve analytics are presently being implemented to upgrade the dashboard.

Do you have any questions regarding the operations of the dashboard? Are there any key indicators that should be updated on the platform and why?

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This is a great shift in paradigm, if fully integrated and functional. As we observed with the current COVID-19 pandemic, travel history is a key health indicator, so as such could be considered in the platform.

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Having a central platform for health data source that is easily accessible electronically if fully integrated and operational is a great fit especially with plans to develop a mobile app for full dashboard upgrade. I will like to ask if the dashboard will have a summary of the data set? Aside full details of the data being sourced for thank you

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I think some indicators like under five LLIN usage, Penta 3 coverage, and other indicators in the NHMIS Monthly summary form should be added

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Please if you can explain better; what do you mean by a summary of the data set?

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Very great idea, thanks for posting. Hopefully, those inclusions are made by the Federal Ministry of Health soon enough. Please you can also visit the platform and send this as feedback. Thanks.

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