Climbing the Slope of Enlightenment: Reflections from the Global Digital Health Forum

JSI’s Steve Ollis discusses the evolution of digital health and key takeaways from the fourth annual Global Digital Health Forum. He also highlights tools that touch on the most critical components for successful digital health programs.

Why Digital Health Takes a Village: The Importance of “Non-Techies”

Digital health tools are still seen as an add-on to an overall technical approach rather than as a critical component to achieving public health outcomes. That disconnect underlines that not only is there a benefit but there is also an imperative to better familiarize program-focused people with the current state of digital health.

Workshop Ensures Child Health and Nutrition Data is Used for Decision Making

In many countries, at both community and facility levels, it is often under-resourced frontline health workers who enter duplicative data into paper-based systems—data which is then not used effectively for decision-making. Workshop attendees learned how digital tools are being used to collect data as part of service provision and shared across interoperable information systems. This interoperability allows development of people-centered information systems and facilitates continuity of care.

How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Can Strengthen Health Services, Protect Patient Privacy, and Improve Trust in Medicine Quality

Blockchain is the hot new technology topic in the financial world, the health sector, and the supply chain industry. It has a variety of applications in health, not least of which are medicine traceability and patient data management. This is just as true for the US domestic health sector as it is for health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

Inspired at Saving Lives at Birth DevX2016

I am passionate about the innovation that I represented at this forum, but it is very different to these innovations of “things”. Our proposal, partnering with Dimagi, is to replicate an approach JSI implemented and scaled with the Ministry of Health in Malawi and take those lessons to Kenya. While our approach does include innovative use of technology, a simple mHealth supply chain management tool for community health workers, this approach also includes IMPACT teams.

Top 5 Digital Trends of 2014 for the HIV Community

Citing data from the project, New Media Coordinator Yumna Bahgat shares tips and strategies to maximize engagement on a variety of social media channels according to 2014’s biggest digital trends.