African eHealth Forum (AeF)
The African eHealth Forum (AeF) supports countries’ health systems to expand and develop their eHealth’s human capacity and leadership. These are core to eHealth's success. AeF activities help African countries to identify and develop methods and tools to find sustainable, successful eHealth solutions. It then helps procure them, implement them, sustain them and set up arrangements to afford them.
The first AeF took place in Cape Town 26 - 28 July 2015. It was attended by participants from ten African countries.
Each year, the AeF will produce an annual report to inform deliberations. As African countries look for more impact from affordable eHealth, the AeF Report on expanding eHealth capacity aims to help countries move their eHealth forward.
It's run by the African Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee), bringing together Acfee's Advisory Board of eminent African health service leaders, and a range of other eHealth partners, to discuss opportunities, challenges and priorities and produce an eHealth action plan. Acfee coordinates and facilitates AeF and implements the forum's action plans.
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African Health Observatory
The African Health Observatory (AHO) is a web-based platform that serves four functions:
- Storage and sharing of data and statistics for elaboration and download if needed
- Production and sharing of evidence through the analysis and synthesis of information
- Sustaining networks and communities, for better translation of evidence
- Supporting countries establish national or sub-national health observatories.
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African Network for Digital Health (ANDH)
The African Network for Digital Health (ANDH) is a peer assistance forum created by leading African eHealth experts to leverage ICTs to achieve better health outcomes. The goal of forming this network is to accelerate innovation to derive better quality and timely health information for improving service delivery and the management of health systems.
Modeled on the success of the Asia eHealth Informatics Network (AeHIN), the ANDH is open to all Africans and electronic health (eHealth) professionals in Africa and is designed to empower individuals and institutions through sharing experiences and best practices.
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African Virtual University (AVU)
The African Virtual University (AVU) is a Pan African Intergovernmental Organization established by charter with the mandate of significantly increasing access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of information communication technologies.
Eighteen (18) African Governments - Kenya, Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Cote d'Ivoire, Tanzania, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, South Sudan, Sudan, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Nigeria have signed the Charter establishing the AVU as an Intergovernmental Organization.
The AVU has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and a Regional office in Dakar Senegal. The AVU has Host Country Agreements with the governments of Kenya and Senegal and the AVU has diplomatic status in these countries.
The AVU was initially launched in Washington in 1997 as a World Bank project and was later transferred to Kenya in 2002. The AVU become an Intergovernmental organization in 2003.
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AIM mHealth Project
The project goal of the AIM-mHealth Project is to empower and strengthen community health systems for positive maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) outcomes. The outcomes include: i) Improved knowledge and skills of community health workers (CHWs) to use mobile technologies to deliver behavior change communication messages; ii) Strengthened health information management systems through implementation of the MOTECH Suite solution at the facility level; iii) Functional DHIS systems that provides real-time data to inform decision making.
The project has focused on a Radio Distance Learning approach for continuous learning of Village Health Teams (VHTs) and disseminated desired messages to caregivers of children of 0-24 months, which was developed and implemented as an integrated mHealth approach to strengthen health systems. In the course of implementation, a number of issues were identified that were critical to the complete implementation of the community health data management system. These included lack of capacity of the health workers at the facility to easily and in a timely manner monitor and supervise VHTs, so the project further integrated the MOTECH Suite, which enhances the process of real-time health data collection and input into the National Health Management Information System, thus enabling quick monitoring of health care issues and swift action when required. To enable the facility to access data captured using the mobile phones, the project has equipped the facilities with solar power for the equipment and lighting for the facilities during the night.
Results to date include: reduced prevalence of underweight children from 17 percent to 11 percent; increased exclusive breastfeeding of infants up 6 months old from 70 percent to 92 percent; improved iron intake for children under age 5 from 51 percent to 86 percent; improved access to sanitation from 75 percent to 93 percent; improved skilled birth attendance from 28 percent to 73 percent; and improved birth registration from 19 percent to 38 percent.
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AirStrip ONE® sets the industry standard for enterprise-wide clinical mobility. It can transform the practice of healthcare by giving clinicians access to patient information anytime, anywhere—improving clinical decision-making, collaboration and coordination across the care continuum.
AirStrip ONE® provides a comprehensive, scalable solution for clinical mobility, including:
- Core Mobility Platform that seamlessly connects healthcare data from diverse sources to mobile devices from multiple vendors
- Clinical Capabilities that deliver live and historic patient information, tailored to specific clinical needs
- AirStrip Accelerator Services™ to help drive and maintain clinical adoption and healthcare transformation, and to measure the impact
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Apple Health App
The new Apple Health app provides a dashboard of your health and ﬁtness data. Theer's also a new tool for developers called HealthKit, which allows all the incredible health and ﬁtness apps to work together.
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Atlas of eHealth country profiles 2015
The atlas is based on the findings of the 2015 global survey on eHealth.
WHO describes the atlas as follows:
The third global survey on eHealth conducted by the WHO Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe) has a special focus – the use of eHealth in support of universal health coverage. eHealth plays a vital role in promoting universal health coverage in a variety of ways. For instance, it helps provide services to remote populations and underserved communities through telehealth or mHealth. It facilitates the training of the health workforce through the use of eLearning, and makes education more widely accessible especially for those who are isolated. It enhances diagnosis and treatment by providing accurate and timely patient information through electronic health records. And through the strategic use of ICT, it improves the operations and financial efficiency of health care systems.
This Atlas presents data collected on 125 WHO Member States. The survey was undertaken between April and August 2015 and represents the most current information on the use of eHealth in these countries. The Atlas will be a useful and unique reference tool for policy makers, eHealth planners and professionals.
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In 2014, the National Department of Health (NDoH) decided they needed a new way to connect with young people using digital technology. It was to be a mobile health initiative for adolescents and youth that could empower young people to make the right choices. Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute, PEPFAR South Africa implementing partner, recommended converting the Young Africa Live (YAL) social and lifestyle platform, which already had 2 million registered users, to become the NDOH-championed mobile health initiative. NDOH welcomed this idea and requested Wits RHI oversee the transformation process of YAL to the NDOH Adolescent and Youth mobisite.
The Honourable Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi felt young people should have a voice in creating this mobisite. As a result he launched a national mobisite naming competition in May 2015. From thousands of entries a focus group was held with adolescents and youth from all walks of life. The name B-Wise was chosen because it is catchy and inviting and they felt that as a young person “you have to take responsibility for your actions and B’Wise.” The top three mobisite naming competition winners were presented their prizes by the Honourable Minister of Health at the B-Wise launch in Soshanguve, Gauteng on 20 August, 2015.
B-Wise provides information that promotes healthy lifestyles to adolescents and youth between the ages of 10-14 15- 19 and 20-24 years old. The mobisite will provide youth age-appropriate access to information on sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV, AIDS & TB, nutrition, fitness and physical activity, alcohol and substance abuse, mental health, gender based violence, chronic diseases (communicable and non-communicable diseases), physical and mental disability, violence, trauma and injuries and oral health. On B-Wise young people can get factual information, view real stories from other youth, participate in polls and find their closest clinic. B-Wise visitors can also chat live with a range of medical experts such as psychologists, nutritionists, doctors as well as the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, when visiting the site during the allocated Live Chat hour.
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Baby Monitor uses interactive voice response technology to offer free mobile screenings to pregnant women and new mothers. When it is time for a prenatal or postnatal screening, a registered user receives a text message with a code that can be redeemed by flashing the Baby Monitor phone number to trigger a free call back.
The woman selects her preferred language, listens to recorded audio prompts asking her how she and her baby are feeling, and presses keys on her phone number pad to respond. All of her responses are logged in an electronic medical record, and our analysis engine determines whether the woman is likely to need a referral to a medical facility or more immediate assistance.
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