Health Information Management Systems

Leading specialists in the field of information system design, creation and management, Ausvet has designed and implemented a number of customised systems, and delivered off-the-shelf solutions to a wide range of private, industry and government clients. Using scalable architecture for deployment of animal, livestock and human information systems, these systems have ranged from tracking individual health status of abattoir workers around Australia through to tracing animal and livestock product movements throughout mainland Southeast Asia, to global solutions.

Ausvet particularly prides our ability to deliver lowest possible cost cloud-based solutions with extremely high-availability and fault tolerance. We even have our own AWS Certified Solutions Architect.

Ausvet's flagship information system, Omnisyan, is a scalable, high capacity, flexible, and responsive animal health surveillance information management system with functionality that meets or exceeds the functional and technical requirements for data management, security, and flexibility and user interaction of the most sophisticated systems currently available.

Ausvet licences the core Omnisyan and additional modules as needed as a framework to clients and customises the component modules to suit client requirements. Our application is based on a range of open source software making heavy use of PostgreSQL, Apache Web Server, PHP and Python. Our staff have skills in system design (from a technical, sociological and epidemiological point of view), software development, server management, cloud deployment, system documentation and training.

Omnisyan's core system capabilities include:

  • E-mail and web portals
  • Administration management system
  • Privacy management
  • User permissions management
  • National data standards management
  • Quality control and duplication management
  • Programs / projects / sub-projects hierarchy (with customisation)
  • Flexible output reporting system
  • Alert system
  • Dashboard
  • Wiki help and documentation
  • Data export
  • Backup systems

Frequently implemented Omnisyan modules include:

  • Routine case reporting and management (investigation, treatment, outcome)
  • Targeted surveillance programs
  • Priority disease investigation and response
  • Individual animal identification
  • Animal movement / translocations, real time trace-forward, trace-back
  • Production / reproduction recording
  • Laboratory data integration
  • Interoperability with existing systems
  • Additional available Omnisyan modules include:
  • SMS portal (for data submission and real-time data querying)
  • Instant messaging interface (data submission and querying)
  • Animal population data management
  • Vaccination data management
  • Slaughterhouse reporting (throughput statistics, )
  • WMS / WFS connectivity

Ausvet has multiple personnel with high level expertise and experience in designing, developing and implementing web-based information management systems for animal health applications. Our team includes specific project management expertise with responsibility for managing resource allocation and reporting(communications) as well as sociological expertise to ensure a strong end-user focus is maintained.

The Omnisyan application is a web-based database and all infrastructure is based on servers in an appropriate hosting environment. Ausvet has experience in and access to Macintosh, Windows and Linux/Unix platforms as well as smartphone (Android, Windows and iOS) and tablet (Android, Windows and iOS) devices.

Some of the powerful attributes of Omnisyan include:

  • high-performing and almost infinitely scalable when based on AWS cloud services.
  • capable of handling as much data as the network storage available can provide, and is currently in use supporting animal health, abattoir and animal movement data in Indonesia, a country with more than 250 million people.
  • can be scaled to manage in excess of 5000 concurrent user connections, dependant on the memory and performance of the hardware on which it is based.
  • the web-based architecture of Omnisyan utilises connection sharing to reduce database overhead, and even with long-running query transactions could readily serve more than 100 concurrent users.
  • Security meeting the highest international data security standards
  • Streamlining replication services to ensure continual backup and continuity capacity
  • Flexible technical support and maintenance arrangements as well as training and documentation designed to meet the needs of each individual client.

The National Animal Health Information System provides timely and accurate summary information on Australia's animal health status to support trade in animal commodities and meet Australia's international reporting obligations. It also provides information on Australia's capabilities and activities with regard to animal disease surveillance and control.

The system has two major functional objectives:

  • Collect relevant, existing summary data on animal health status from the Commonwealth Government, states and territories and selected non-government agencies as required by Animal Health Australia's Members.
  • Collate, manage, analyse and report on data and information collected, to accurately reflect Australia's animal health status as well as its surveillance and disease control activities and capabilities.

NAHIS was designed, developed and is supported by Ausvet. and

iSIKHNAS is Indonesia's integrated real-time information system for collecting, managing, reporting and using data to support animal health and production. It is:

  • bottom-up and people-focused
  • primarily concerned with bringing benefits to field users but ensures all users gain immediate and tangible benefit from using the system
  • multi-portal
  • can be accessed (both in the submission of and demand for information) by SMS, Web, e-mail, instant messaging etc.
  • fast and powerful data is sent directly from the field to the integrated database for automated checking, analysis and immediate reporting in real time to users at all levels
  • effective iSIKHNAS gets the right information, at the right time, to the right people, in the right form to enable good evidence-based decision-making

iSIKHNAS was designed and implemented by Ausvet based on Omnisyan in a partnership between the Australian Department of Agriculture and the Indonesian Department of Livestock and Animal Health Services, with Australian and Indonesian Government funding

The Australian Q Fever Register has been established by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) to assist users to determine the Q Fever immune status of an individual, to prevent unnecessary testing, and to minimise the risk of exposing susceptible individuals to the organism in the workplace.Registered organisations (primarily meat processors and medical practitioners) can check a person's status on the Web, as well as submitting screening test and vaccination details to the Register. The Register data is stored on a 'live' database linked to the Internet to allow users to access completely up-to-date information.The Australian Q Fever Register is the first non-statutory health register to be established in Australia. Because of the personal nature of the information held, the Register adheres to the strictest privacy guidelines to ensure the security and privacy of personal information. The database and Website are highly secure, with all data being encrypted during transmission. User registration procedures, password access, internal Quality Assurance procedures and data auditing facilities all combine to ensure the best possible data quality and protection of personal information. The Register was designed, developed and is managed by Ausvet Animal Health Services on behalf of the Australian Meat Processing Corporation. The operation of the Register is overseen by the Australian Q Fever Register Technical Management Committee.

The National Arbovirus Monitoring Program is an integrated national program jointly funded by the livestock industries and governments to monitor the distribution of economically important insect-borne viruses of livestock and their vectors.The Program has three major functional objectives:

  • Trade support, in the sense of providing technical information to meet Biosecurity Australia's requirements for export protocol negotiations and to assist exporters in meeting export certification requirements. The Program particularly supports exports of live cattle and sheep.
  • Bluetongue early warning, by the dynamic surveillance of the northern bluetongue endemic area to detect new incursions and provide early warning of any southern spread of the strains present.
  • Risk management, by providing epidemiological advice to producers and exporters with regard to arboviruses.

The cornerstone of the Program is the maintenance of a national network of sentinel cattle herds from which regular blood samples are taken and tested for important viruses. In addition, potential insect vectors are trapped and identified to monitor changes in their location and abundance. The system was designed and implemented by Ausvet and the program is managed by Animal Health Australia with ongoing technical support from Ausvet. NAMPInfo is an on-line database of sentinel herd serological and entomological data collected under the National Arbovirus Monitoring Program.

EDIS provides access to summary data collected from national endemic disease programs in Australia. It also includes a public register of properties that are currently listed with the Australian Johne's Disease Market Assurance Program (MAP) as well as summary information about the National BJD Strategic Plan and the OJD Management Plan.

EDIS was designed and developed by Ausvet.

The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program follows on from the surveillance system known as the National Sentinel Hive Program which was established in 2000 to improve post-border monitoring around Australia for exotic pests of honey bees, including Varroa mites (Varroa destructor and V. jacobsoni), Tropilaelaps mites (Tropilaelaps clareae and T. mercedesae) and Tracheal mite (Acarapis woodi). In January 2012 the management of the National Sentinel Omnisyan Program was transferred from Animal Health Australia to Plant Health Australia (PHA). This followed the transfer in responsibilities for bees at a national level from Animal Biosecurity to Plant Biosecurity. These transfers have not greatly changed the national implementation of the program, which is delivered through the expertise of state and territory apiary officers and volunteer beekeepers. Upon the transfer to PHA, the name of the surveillance program was changed to the National Bee Pest Surveillance Program to reflect a transition to a more broadly based surveillance program for bee pests and pest bees.

The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program has two major objectives:

  • Trade support, by providing technical, evidence based, information to support Australia's pest free status claims during export negotiations and to assist exporters in meeting export certification requirements. The Program is essential to support the trade of packaged bees and queen bees.
  • Exotic bee pest and pest bee early warning system to detect new incursions, which greatly increases the possibility of eradicating an incursion, and limits the scale and cost of an eradication program.

The Program is jointly funded by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC), Horticulture Australia Ltd (HAL), Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) and the Australian Government through the Department of Agriculture. In-kind contributions for the implementation of the program are provided through each State and Territory Department of Agriculture and volunteer beekeepers. At a national level, PHA coordinates and administers the Program.

The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program Information System was designed and implemented by Ausvet

The WAHID Interface provides access to all data held within OIE's new World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS).

A comprehensive range of information is available from

  • immediate notifications and follow-up reports submitted by Country / Territory Members notifying exceptional epidemiological events current in their territory
  • six-monthly reports stating the health status of OIE-listed diseases in each Country / Territory.
  • annual reports providing health information and information on the veterinary staff, laboratories and vaccines, etc.

Ausvet implemented WAHIS based on a design stipulated by OIE.

This system is intended for the use of authorised representatives of members of ASEAN countries, for the purpose of sharing timely information on livestock diseases, to improve regional disease control. To ensure the integrity of the disease information managed by the system, access is restricted by password. This system was designed and implmented by AusVEt with the cooperation of the ASEAN sectoral working group on livestock, and with support from the Australian Government (AusAID), OIE (head office in Paris, regional office in Tokyo, and regional coordination unit in Bangkok) and ACIL. The system builds on and extends the functions of existing regional animal health information systems, including the OIE's South East Asian Foot and Mouth Disease campaign and the Animal Health and Production Information System for ASEAN (AHPISA)

The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is a specialized technical office of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission. AU-IBAR's mandate is to support and coordinate the utilization of livestock, fisheries and wildlife as resources for both human wellbeing and economic development in the member states of the African Union. In order to achieve its objectives, AU-IBAR requires qualitative, complete and timely animal resources information for monitoring, planning and decision making. In line with its mandate and Strategic Plan, AU-IBAR developed an information system known as the Animal Resources Information System version 2 (ARIS 2), designed by Ausvet and implemented locally. The system's goal is to help position AU-IBAR at the continental level, the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) at the regional level and the Member States (MSs) at the local level as the core and reliable sources of comprehensive animal resources information in Africa.

ARIS 2 is in principle a tool to enhance the capacities of the RECs and MSs to collect, collate and analyse animal resources data in a timely manner.

ARIS 2 improves AU-IBAR's role and capacity as a technical advisory body and centre of excellence to the RECs and MSs in the field of animal resources in Africa on the one hand, and better positions the RECs and MSs to design and harmonise policies and implement animal resources practices based on timely available, reliable and up-to-date information on the other.