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    Photo: PATH/Chimwasu Njapawu. The Global Digital Health Forum convenes in Washington DC next week. This year’s theme is “The Evolving Digital Health Landscape: Progress, Achievements and Remaining Frontiers.”

    This post was originally published by the BID Initiative.

    The annual Global Digital Health Forum is scheduled for December 4-6th in Washington DC. Though the Forum features amazing presentations every year, one of the most valuable aspects of this event is having the world’s digital health implementers, donors, and champions in one space. The dialogue and strong relationship building between ministries of health leaders, technical developers, and other players in our field is what makes this conference special.

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    Tamunotonye Harry is a Nigerian-based digital health advocate who has completed several courses through K4Health’s Global Health eLearning platform.

    Tamunotonye Harry is a Nigerian-based digital health advocate who has completed several courses through K4Health’s Global Health eLearning platform. Photo Credit: Carrot Photography.

    Tamunotonye Harry is a young digital health professional based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. After learning about the Global Health eLearning Center (GHeL) and taking a course on digital health, Tamunotonye connected with K4Health for information about our Global Digital Health Network. In this lightly edited interview, Tamunotonye explains how discovering GHeL has influenced his career path in a positive way.

    How did your experience in the National Youth Service Corps engage you in mHealth work?

    Tamunotonye Harry: I graduated from the University of Port Harcourt with a degree in Human Physiology in 2015. I had to wait a whole year before I was finally accepted into the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). The one-year gap was actually a blessing as I used this time to gain work and volunteer experience, which involved building capacity for children with disabilities.

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    mSakhi is transforming maternal and child health care in Uttarakhand.

    mSakhi is transforming maternal and child health care in Uttarakhand. Photo: Vijay Kutty for IntraHealth International.

    This post originally appeared on IntraHealth's blog, VITAL.

    One of the smaller states in India, Uttarakhand lies in the Himalayan foothills with international borders touching Nepal and China. It’s a land of mighty rivers, forests, hills, and mountains. Rich in natural resources, it boasts a variety of flora and fauna, including medicinal plants, tigers, and elephants.

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    PATH's Dawn Seymour discusses scenarios that implementers may face in transitioning from paper to digital records.

    PATH's Dawn Seymour discusses scenarios that implementers may face in transitioning from paper to digital records. Photo: Jarret Cassaniti

    During the 2017 Global Digital Health Forum session on Injecting Digital Technology into Old-School Immunization Systems, Dawn Seymour from PATH discussed the value of electronic immunization registries. Despite the benefits of such registries, including more accurate data, she and her colleagues Sang Dao Dinh and Hieu Tran explained some challenges when transitioning from legacy, paper-based systems in Zambia, Tanzania, and Vietnam to digital versions.

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    Ketcia Orilius, a community health worker in Robin, Haiti, uses a tablet during her home health care visits.

    Ketcia Orilius, a community health worker in Robin, Haiti, uses a tablet during her home health care visits. Photo by: David Rochkind / USAID / CC BY-NC

    This piece was originally published by ICTworks.

    Digital health interventions benefit enormously when implementers document and learn from past and current digital health projects. This is where knowledge management (KM) can help.

    Knowledge management is a systematic practice that helps you learn from others and helps others outside your project learn from you. It is an inherently social process, largely dependent on making sure systems and processes are in place and staff are incentivized to do it.

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    Frontline health workers (FLWs) receive training on the use of smartphones and the mSehat mobile health platform in rural Uttar Pradesh, India.

    Frontline health workers (FLWs) receive training on the use of smartphones and the mSehat mobile health platform in rural Uttar Pradesh, India. ©2015 Girdhari Bora/SIFPSA mSehat, Courtesy of Photoshare.

    Registration is now open for the fourth annual Global Digital Health Forum (December 4-6, 2017), a premier gathering for digital health professionals from around the world.

    The theme for this year’s Forum—The Evolving Digital Health Landscape: Progress, Achievements, and Remaining Frontiers—captures the spirit of progress made in the past several years to scale digital health systems and also encourages us to look critically at the continued need for innovation, as well as integration, to improve health outcomes in a changing political landscape.

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    Sunita Prajapati, right, an accredited social health activist, counsels village women on maternal health at her village in Uttar Pradesh, India. Prajapati owns an Android phone with two specific apps, part of the ReMIND program, in which she maintains the

    Sunita Prajapati, right, an accredited social health activist, counsels village women on maternal health at her village in Uttar Pradesh, India. Prajapati owns an Android phone with two specific apps, part of the ReMIND program, in which she maintains the record of all the pregnant and lactating mothers in her vicinity. (Credit: Jen Hardy/CNS-Catholic Relief Services.)

    This piece was originally published by Crux.

    KOLKATA, India—Usha Devi, a 25-year-old field worker, is three months pregnant with her third child. But this child, she said confidently, will be born in the hospital.

    “Unlike my previous pregnancies, now I know when to call the ambulance,” Devi told Catholic News Service by phone.

    Devi is keeping all of her pregnancy details stored on an app in Sunita Prajapati’s mobile phone, and she knows she will receive reminders of all the important dates.

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    Lisa presenting at ICT4D

    Lisa discusses GHeL and K4Health's content adaptation guide during “Sharing, adapting, and delivering content in digital solutions.”

    With a wide array of conference tracks as well as presenters representing both the public and private sectors, the 9th Annual ICT4D Conference in Hyderabad, India was truly engaging and interactive!

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    eIDSR training group

    As eIDSR’s intended users are mostly new to smartphone use, eHA simplified the user interface and designed it to closely resemble familiar paper reporting forms. Photo: Les de Wit, Software Project Manager, eHealth Africa

    eHealth Africa (eHA) is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners to support Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to strengthen surveillance for all priority diseases and improve preparedness for potential public health emergencies.

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    This post originally appeared on the BID Initiative's blog.

    Global Digital Health Forum opening session.

    Global Digital Health Forum opening session. Photo: PATH/Kelly Fallt.

    We had the pleasure of attending the Global Digital Health Forum (GDHF) last month where the BID Initiative and Digital Health Solutions teams, along with other PATH teams, presented on several panels. As we move ahead with new and existing projects, we left the meeting encouraged by the work and collaboration among public- and private-sector partners to improve health system challenges. The following are six of the top takeaways from the event:

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