mHealth

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    The Global Digital Health Forum 2016 was a perfect fit for me. It was a space where I met many practitioners working in the global health environment, more so than in previous meetings. The Forum provided a supportive professional environment to discuss similar challenges and opportunities between people and organizations working in the area of technology for health.

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    A group of data collectors snap a quick picture as they work to find rural villages in Northern Nigeria.

    A group of data collectors snap a quick picture as they work to find rural villages in Northern Nigeria. © 2013 eHealth Africa, Courtesy of Photoshare

    A common theme throughout the 2016 Global Digital Health Forum (GDHF) was sustainability. From the opening panel, through almost every session and hallway conversation, to the closing plenary, sustainability was a major topic of discussion. And, it seemed that each conversation almost always led to the same conclusions:

    1. In the digital health community, we know very little about successful approaches to program sustainability.
    2. We do know that identifying such approaches will require disruptive thinking.
    3. Members of the digital health community are ready to take on the challenge.

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    Over the past decade, the digital health field has sought to enhance opportunities to improve the delivery of, and access to, health services and information. At the third annual Global Digital Health Forum in Washington, D.C., programmers, researchers, tech providers, and investors convened for two days to share the latest innovations that are igniting the digital health arena in low- to middle-income countries. Presenters expanded on technologies ranging from a mobile app that offers reproductive health information to female refugees to highly sophisticated data dashboards that provide real-time feedback to community health workers. The vastness and endless potential of the field was an underpinning theme that excited and motivated participants and offered a glimpse into future horizons.

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    Amino LARC data

    Who uses long-acting birth control? Via Amino.

    In the world of international development, data visualization is in the spotlight—but is it stealing the show from other content adaptation approaches?

    Data visualizations are undeniably powerful. They can clearly convey a complex story to a particular audience, and when done correctly, can serve as a call to action.

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    Tinkertoys

    Tinkertoys. Photo by Peter Miller (via Flickr); Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

    The 2016 Global Digital Health Forum offered a variety of sessions and formats. From simultaneous interactive workshops, panel presentations and fireside chats, one of the challenges for me was that I found all of the content so compelling, I had a hard time prioritizing sessions. One cannot be everywhere—although Co-Chairs Amanda BenDor and Heidi Good Boncana tried to be—and any one person’s observations are really anecdotal. Well, here are my anecdotes.

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    Global Digital Health Forum panelists: Sam Wambugu, Mark Cardwell, Siobhan Green, Melissa Sabatier.

    Global Digital Health Forum panelists: Sam Wambugu, Mark Cardwell, Siobhan Green, Melissa Sabatier. Photo: Jarret Cassaniti, 2016

    Data is a powerful tool that can help managers improve health care delivery to the people they serve. During the two days I spent at the Global Digital Health Forum, big data was referenced and audience-first approaches were frequently discussed. Data visualizations were also mentioned as an effective way to deliver meaningful messages. And, they can be as simple as developing a pie chart or table.

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    This post was originally published by MEASURE Evaluation.

    Sam Wambugu speaks with Global Digital Health Forum attendees.

    Sam Wambugu speaks with Global Digital Health Forum attendees. Photo by Jim Thomas, MEASURE Evaluation.

    Last week at National Harbor, Maryland, I and about 500 others from around the world gathered at the Global Digital Health Forum 2016 to talk about ways in which digital technology is being used to improve the efficiency of health information systems and improve health overall. In particular, my eyes and ears were tuned to digital health data ethics, security and confidentiality because my organization, MEASURE Evaluation, plays a role here and because this is a concern essential to effective harnessing of technology that needs more attention.

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    In Brebes, Central Java, Indonesia, a village-level family planning volunteer, or cadre, plays a quiz game as part of a new mobile application for family planning.

    In Brebes, Central Java, Indonesia, a village-level family planning volunteer, or cadre, plays a quiz game as part of a new mobile application for family planning. © 2016 Radha Rajan, Courtesy of Photoshare

    The 2016 Global Digital Health Forum brought together over 425 collaborators working in global digital health. What struck me this year is how our community is committed to working together to apply the 9 Principles of Digital Development and implement digital tools and systems to improve health. As we further explore interoperability and building on existing tools, we must partner to leapfrog over obstacles. The private sector, NGOs, ministries, and individuals are developing new relationships and partnerships to move the dial forward in global digital health.

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    Amada Ndorbor (right), Director of the Mental Health Unit, Ministry of Health Liberia. Photo: Agbonkhese Oaiya

    Amada Ndorbor (right), Director of the Mental Health Unit, Ministry of Health Liberia. Photo: Agbonkhese Oaiya

    In November 2016, K4Health began working alongside the Ministry of Health in Liberia to support mHero, a two-way SMS system that allows Ministries of Health and frontline health workers to connect. Building on the work supported by USAID through the Ebola Grand Challenge and previous activities supported by K4Health, this one-year activity seeks to work alongside UNICEF and local partners, supporting the Liberia Ministry of Health to continue to scale mHero. I was asked to join the IntraHealth team working on this exciting new K4Health project and support an mHero Roadmap Workshop in early November.

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    PharmAccess mHealth program

    PharmAccess mHealth program. Photo by PharmAccess Foundation via Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

    On December 7, K4Health hosted the second webinar in a two-part series, Digital Health’s Missing Link: Knowledge Management. The webinar series explores how knowledge management can help the digital health field through understanding what has been done before and use that information to inform the planning and execution of our current efforts. The first webinar highlighted knowledge management resources and repositories that already exist and can help project leaders during the preparation and initiation phases. In the second, we highlighted specifically how digital health implementers use certain tools and methods to document and share knowledge through their projects.

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