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Community Survey: Use of Digital Clinical Resources

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

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Preparing for data revolution: identifying health information competencies among HWs

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.

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Information Systems: the Secret to Solving Uganda’s Health Problems

It’s interesting how so many ideas have been documented and visualized about improving the health sector in Uganda, while ignoring the fact that an improved health sector starts with health providers being able to work more efficiently and effectively. This involves proper documentation of patient records, proper data storage, and proper feedback mechanisms in order to create a smooth information flow. Most of the current processes are often manual and more laborious than they need to be. This causes greater inefficiencies, longer turn-around time, loss of revenue due to inaccurate compilations, inability to archive data for future use, and poor allocation of resources. Well developed health information systems that are based on the idea of sharing critical information can assist areas of operation in the health sector

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A Randomized, Controlled Trial of a Shared Panel Management Program for Small Practices

Objectives To determine whether a shared panel management program was effective at improving quality of care for patients with uncontrolled chronic disease.


Can the Internet end poverty? Share your thoughts

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


App aims to fill critical need for physical addresses in Nairobi

If you’ve ever been to Nairobi, chances are you’ve gotten lost. Thanks to a massive population boom in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi has become a city of winding rough roads, veiled bypasses and hidden thoroughfares, most of which remain unmarked. While many see the absence of physical addresses as a simple annoyance, Timbo Drayson and his


Cold comfort this Winter for Refugee crisis

Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University and a practicing emergency physician, Chris Tedeschi examines the added medical challenges a harsh winter will bring to already vulnerable refugee populations across Europe and the Middle East.  Across Europe and the Middle East, thousands of refugees have begun to brace for a cold winter far from home. Thousands more will continue their journeys in the coming months, despite falling temperatures and dangerous migration routes. The medical challenges posed by this at-risk population are complicated by a harsh environment, the prospect of smoldering outbreaks, and the need for care for acute and chronic disease. More than 875,000 asylum seekers have arrived by sea in Italy and Greece in 2015 alone. While their medical needs are as diverse as their pre-departure experiences, some common strategies may be helpful in delivering consistent care to this medically vulnerable group.


Community Survey: Use of Digital Clinical Resources

Photo from Daniel Agee

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


Preparing for data revolution: identifying health information competencies among HWs

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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.


Information Systems: the Secret to Solving Uganda’s Health Problems

uganda flag wiki

It’s interesting how so many ideas have been documented and visualized about improving the health sector in Uganda, while ignoring the fact that an improved health sector starts with health providers being able to work more efficiently and effectively. This involves proper documentation of patient records, proper data storage, and proper feedback mechanisms in order to create a smooth information flow. Most of the current processes are often manual and more laborious than they need to be. This causes greater inefficiencies, longer turn-around time, loss of revenue due to inaccurate compilations, inability to archive data for future use, and poor allocation of resources. Well developed health information systems that are based on the idea of sharing critical information can assist areas of operation in the health sector


Polio, MDGs, UHC, and more: WHO Bulletin July 2014

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In this month’s bulletin: • Why polio is a public health emergency of international concern• Factors that predict success in meeting MDG 4 and 5• Read More


What the Staff Sees: A Firsthand Look at University Hospital’s EMR

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Here we have the login page. Depending on the user’s account specifications, the system will open in French, English, or Creole. Every user must select a location within the hospital in order to log in, which helps us understand what is happening at each department and narrows down information for clinical quality assessments. The vitals form allows nurses to capture basic but important information on patients at the point of care for each visit.


An Open-source EMR: A Model for Evidence-based Health Care in Haiti

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Photo: Rebecca E. Rollins/Partners In HealthDoctors Angela Jaques (orange) and Mirrielle Bien-Aime (blue) during a shift in the emergency room at University Hospital in Mirebalais. When the first patients trickled into Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (University Hospital) at the end of March, they triggered a cascade of seemingly banal computer tasks that represents one of the largest undertakings in the history of open-source electronic medical records (EMRs). In the U.S. and other developed countries, hospitals invest millions of dollars on proprietary medical record systems that gather enormous volumes of data


South Africa: Monitoring & Evaluation Technical Advisor (South Africa)…

Organization: International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs Country: South Africa Closing date: 15 Aug 2013 LOCATION: Pretoria, South Africa POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting to the Technical Director, ICAP-South Africa, the M&E Technical Advisor will provide leadership and guidance to the ICAP-South Africa Monitoring and Evaluation team, and assume an overall coordination role for routine and specialized M&E activities, targeted research and evaluation initiatives and knowledge management. The M&E Technical Advisor will liaise closely with the ICAP-New York MER Unit and other technical and programmatic staff in New York. The incumbent will also coordinate communication with partners on M&E issues, manage short-term technical consultants and represent ICAP-South Africa in domestic and international for a related to M&E. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Manage development, implementation and evaluation of M&E systems for USG-funded and privately-funded initiatives that comprise the ICAP-SA portfolio of services; Provide technical assistance to ICAP Program staff and partners (DOH, CBOs, NGOs, DHMTs, SDHTs) to strengthen strategic information activities and M&E systems in each ICAP-supported region; Develop, implement and analyze research initiatives and public health evaluations as needed in coordination with the Evaluation Officer; Serve as a resource to DOH Government partners, Columbia University, CDC and other funders in the evaluation of ongoing programs; Assist in building the capacity of DOH partners and internal M&E personnel to better implement effective M&E and strategic information systems within supported regions; Manage staff in the M&E Unit as well as short-term technical consultants; Ensure regular M&E coordination with ICAP-NY’s M&E unit; Undertake overall coordination of knowledge management activities within ICAP-South Africa to document, share and archive data to build institutional memory as well as to inform programmatic direction; Assist the senior management team in reviewing and revising policies and procedures that enhance ICAP-South Africa programs as they relate to M&E frameworks and strategic information systems; Coordinate with the M&E in-country team, the collection and reporting of data for all donor and headquarter reports; Conduct routine data quality assessment for all ICAP-supported programs; Carry out other duties as assigned by the Country Director.


Global Fund Targets $15 Billion to Effectively Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

Global Fund Targets $15 Billion to Effectively Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria BRUSSELS – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced a Read More


Open HDD cleans up health systems

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In November 2012, the Philippines Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) issued a press release about its “crucial” collaboration with the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) to develop a national health data dictionary. According to Dr. Alvin B. Marcelo, PhilHealth Chief Information and Technology Executive, “without a data dictionary, confusion and misinterpretations are common.” With the openHDD, PhilHealth can create new strategies “to improve universal health coverage.” PhilHealth’s adoption of openHDD is an international partnership embraced at the highest level of the PhilHealth Corporation.read more


The Ups and Downs of Electronic Medical Records

The case for electronic medical records is compelling: They can make health care more efficient and less expensive, and improve the quality of care by Read More


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