Digital clinical resources are on- and off-line tools that are used in the context of medical education and/or care delivery with the overarching goal of Read More
Background: Health information is required for a variety of purposes at all levels of a health system, and a workforce skilled in collecting, analysing, presenting, and disseminating such information is essential to fulfil these demands.
There is enormous interest and investment in the potential of educational technology (edtech) to improve the quality of teaching and learning in low and lower-middle income countries. The primary aim of the DfID-funded Educational Technology Topic Guide is to contribute to what we know about the relationship between edtech and educational outcomes. Taking evidence from over 80 studies, the guide addresses the overarching question: What is the evidence that the use of edtech, by teachers or students, impacts teaching and learning practices, or learning outcomes? It also offers recommendations to support advisors to strengthen the design, implementation and evaluation of programmes that use edtech. Educational technology was defined as the use of digital or electronic technologies and materials to support teaching and learning.
As health programs are relying more on decentralized models of care, mHealth has made it easier to collect, manage and store community-level health data. This data can feed into national health information systems and be used to inform decision making for improved service delivery at the community level. But how can we ensure that our community-based mHealth programs are collecting accurate, high-quality data that will help us deliver the right services to the right places at the right time? We at MEASURE Evaluation have developed the mobile community based health information system (CBHIS) data quality assessment toolkit to allow programs and projects to rapidly assess the ability of their mobile data systems to collect, manage, and report high-quality community-based data. We recently had the opportunity to present our toolkit for the first time to a group of participants at the MERL Tech Conference.
In 2016, the number of global mobile subscriptions reached 8.5 billion — more than the number of people on this earth – yet at the same time, health systems around the world are struggling to: Provide access to affordable healthcare for all Treat infectious diseases such as Ebola, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis Address crippling maternal and child mortality rates in low-income countries Manage non-communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, and Diabetes Tackle infrastructure and supply chain challenges in remote settings Train frontline health workers to provide care to vulnerable populations Mobile phones are increasingly central to solutions responding to these challenges – are you ready to leverage mHealth innovations in your programs? TechChange is excited to announce its first online certificate course of 2017: Mobile Phones for Public Health. Use code ICTWorks to get a $50 discount on any TechChange course! The four-week Mobile Phones for Public Health course kicks off on February 6th and will feature leading guest experts, case studies, interactive software demos on the latest mHealth topics and developments. We’ve also been working on a new studio set-up to make live recordings all the more engaging
For as long as people have lived with – and in close proximity to – animals, the benefit of that reality has come with a serious trade-off… the potential for disease. That reality also explains why a “One Health” approach is used at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify and minimize the risk from zoonotic diseases, the technical term for diseases that spread between animals and people. One Health is becoming increasingly viewed as a cornerstone to a strong public health effort. That’s one reason November 3 has been designated the first annual “One Health Day,” a day designed to draw attention – and appreciation – to an important, yet sometimes under-recognized approach for protecting health.
The exchange and use of health information can help healthcare professionals and policymakers make informed decisions on ways of improving patient and population health.
The Federal Ministry of Health has identified several key challenges for the healthcare system in Nigeria to ensure the availability of life-saving commodities and meet national supply chain reliability goals, including: Incomplete and inadequate data on commodity turnover at Public Health Centers, Late drug and medical supply deliveries to health facilities, Substantial degrees of stockouts in local stores. For example, in 2014, some Kano local stores experienced stockouts (exhaustion of vaccines) of one or more antigens and devices 90% of the time. The stockouts substantially reduced Nigeria’s ability to meet immunization goals and illustrated the challenges facing Nigeria’s healthcare infrastructure. In order to overcome these challenges, the Federal Ministry of Health wanted to have consistently sufficient stocks of vaccines and devices on hand. Additionally, a separate key goal was to have real-time stock data management in order to provide rapid response to shortages.
Join GHDonline this week (July 25-29) for a Project Spotlight on ORB & Open Deliver. Open Deliver is a process for creating, adapting, and delivering digital Read More
James Michiel is an American public health technologist and writer. He holds an MPH in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health, is currently a Senior mHealth Analyst at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and also serves as a Senior Technical Consultant for NCDFREE. In this brief essay, he responds to the Orlando tragedy with an examination of the impact of America’s epidemic of gun violence and how we might use Public Health and Policy to change it. On November 14, 2013, the eminently qualified Harvard physician, Dr. Vivek Murthy, was nominated by President Barack Obama to become the 19th United States Surgeon General.
Devex: Unlocking the potential of digital health Patricia Mechael, principal and policy lead at HealthEnabled, executive vice president for the Personal Connected Health Alliance, and visiting professor at Princeton University; and Misha Kay, head of the Global Observatory for eHealth “…The recent adoption of the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] marks an important moment in time…More
Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: How attention to privacy supports continuity of care in Swaziland: Confidential, complete HIV care through better health information systems In a guest post, Sam Wambugu, a senior health informatics specialist at MEASURE Evaluation, discusses his organization’s efforts to implement digital health systems in Swaziland. “MEASURE Evaluation is using…More
When was the last time you unfolded a map on your last road trip? Or went to the post office to mail a letter? With a few swipes of your thumbs, you can pay bills, buy and sell stuff, hold conference calls, and talk to your friends and family. Whatever you need, and everything you may not know you need, there’s an app for that. If you’re plugged in, the world is, literally, at your fingertips
In 2009, Somaliland’s biggest mobile network operator, Telesom, launched their mobile payment service “ZAAD”, and today more than 10% of the 3.8 million inhabitants are subscribed to the service. As with normal mobile money systems, you can transfer, receive, and deposit money with ZAAD. The mobile money service is used for different purposes such as paying for your groceries, dinner at the restaurant, or your electricity. Other money payment transactions include livestock trade, merchant payments, and bill and salary payments. Recently on a trip to Somaliland I took through the streets Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, my Somali colleague and I wanted to purchase some traditional Somali fabric.
Devex: ‘meHealth’ for HIV in Africa Jesse Coleman, mHealth program manager at Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute and researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand “What in the world is ‘meHealth’? It’s the combination of mHealth and e-health technologies and services to give personalized health support to anyone in the health system … In…More