Georgian National AIDS Health Information System (AIDS HIS) was established in 2011 by the Infectious Diseases, AIDS and Clinical Immunology Research Center, which is Georgia’s referral institution for HIV diagnosis, treatment and care. The system traces its roots back to 1989 when the national AIDS registry was created following the first case of HIV was diagnosed in the country. Over the years this registry evolved into modern web-based health information system that connects all five HIV clinical care providers in Georgia. Currently AIDS HIS represents observational electronic database that collects information on all reported cases of HIV. Demographic, epidemiological and routine HIV-related clinical and laboratory data are entered directly from each clinic. By the end of 2017 AIDS HIS contained information on cumulative 6 471 persons ever diagnosed in Georgia, among them 5 090 persons were known to be alive and 4 144 were on antiretroviral therapy (ART).
AIDS HIS is the unique source of data both for informing and planning national programs and for research. The system is the source of key data for international reporting, including Global AIDS Monitoring (GAM), the European Surveillance System (TESSy) and Monitoring of Dublin Declaration. Data generated by the AIDS HIS resulted in number of publications describing: impact of expanded ART access on disease outcomes, including spectrum of cause-specific mortality; magnitude and impact of late HIV presentation and engagement in HIV care continuum.
Key RESPOND Staff
Principal Investigator: Nikoloz Chkhartishvili; Data Manager: Otar Chokoshvili; Research Assistant: Ekaterine Karkashadze