Digital Health and the New World

Imagine a scenario where information—really important and meaningful information that could help millions of people—is stored in a way that makes it seemingly impossible to access. Even users within the same organization can’t share it with one another, not because it’s confidential, but because of the way their software is built.Even today, examples of this exist everywhere, and not only in resource-poor environments.I was a digital health novice before working with the informatics team here at IntraHealth International. In fact, I knew nothing of the technical concept of interoperability—the ability of one electronic system to integrate with another. I was familiar with the idea of isolated (or “siloed”) databases, but didn’t really understand their implications.mHero provides a foundation for government personnel to stay in touch with frontline health workers in real time. The team introduced me to mHero, a two-way, mobile phone-based communication system that uses basic text messaging to connect ministries of health and health workers.

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Digital Health and the New World