Botswana Innovation Hub
The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) is a product of the Botswana Excellence Strategy of 2008 which proposed a three-pronged national strategic goal; being economic diversification, job creation, and moving the country towards a knowledge-based economy. It is a co-sponsor of Botswana's mHealth competition.
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BreastIT is an mhealth solution that detects breast cancer. Its comprised of a mobile phone app and a custom glove which women can use to carry out self-checks to screen for cancer. The glove hovers over the breast to detect any lumps or tumours. Bluetooth technology then transmits these images to a mobile phone. After the results are ready, they can be viewed and used by a radiotherapist or cancer specialist to determine the next step.
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Bugenyuzi and Gitega Rural Integrated Nutrition Project
The Bugenyuzi and Gitega Rural Integrated Nutrition project is implementing community-based interventions including FARN (PD/Hearth), GMP, and IYCF. The mHealth project is part of this nutrition project, but is operating in only one of the two ADPs. The mHealth component is specifically supporting an integrated monitoring of the ongoing PD/Hearth and the GMP programs in Bugenyuzi ADP.
The implementation of the mHealth component started in May 2014 with 12 pilot sites and will be extended shortly to eight additional sites within the same ADP. The project is piloting the use of the GMP and FARN (PD/Hearth) mobile phone application to collect all anthropometry, immunization, supplementation, and deworming records, as well as all FARN indicators. All data are accessible online and reports are generated into MS Excel for further analysis of children’s growth and to assess program quality. The project duration is two years, with a possibility for WVB to expand the mHealth component to additional sites in other ADPs.
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Cardiograph (rated 4* for Android and iOS) adds a geotag to each heart rate saved, helping to create a record of where you were for different heart rates. Every time you check you rate we save its date, time and even location so you can keep track of your vitals wherever you go.
Cardiograph works by illuminating your index finger with your device's camera flash, rendering your finger red and measuring the changes in the color caused by your pulse.
It allows synchronization of the readings captured across multiple devices: the Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
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Cardiologs ECG Analysis Web Service
Cardiologs’ first product is an ECG analysis web service, based on machine learning algorithms, which provides physicians with supportive information for ECG interpretation.
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The Cardiopad is the first full touch screen tablet for medical use made in Cameroon. Developers believe it has life-saving potential. The tablet was created to provide patients with heart disease in remote parts of Africa with proper diagnosis of their condition in time to access treatment in the early stages of the illness.
Several tests have already been completed using the tablet. Results are encouraging.
Cardiopad’s functionality includes:Its ability to perform electrocardiogram (ECG) on patients by acquiring the ECG signal from the patient, digitizing it posting it, then printing an exam report Transmitting the ECG results to remote cardiologists through the Global System of Mobile Communications (GSM) network Presents a user-friendly and appropriate interface to a cardiologist, bringing elements that can help to diagnostics and presents information to the cardiologist through a user-friendly Human Machine Interface (HMI) Stores ECG exam information and manages notifications and store information linked to ECG exams in an SQL Compact server database, and sends and receives notifications to a cardiologist across the GSM network with new consultations needing interpretation. Remote follow-up and monitoring
In 2014 it was named the winner of the Rolex Enterprise Award.
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Apple's created a tool for developers, which allows Apple's health and ï¬tness apps to work together, as part of a new iOS8 Health app that creates a dashboard of users' health and ï¬tness data.
It was initially branded HealthKit, but now goes under CareKit. The tool set includes the Iodine’s Start app that monitors depression, Glow’s Nurture and Baby apps to monitor pregnancy and maternity, and One Drop’s app to monitor diabetes. An article in Fortune says they’re part of a concerted effort to personalise healthcare by leveraging the power of self-tracked data in a centralised platform which brings together individuals, patient communities, caretakers, and medical professionals to track symptoms, medication use, and other care information says.
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Chipatala cha pa Foni (CCPF)
Chipatala cha pa Foni (CCPF), or Health Center by Phone, is an mHealth innovation in Malawi designed to increase access to timely and appropriate maternal, neonatal and child health information, advice and care. In a country like Malawi with one of the highest rates of maternal, child, and infant mortality in the world, knowing where to go for care and when to seek care are integral to reducing maternal and child mortality rates.
Provides women and caregivers with greater control and opportunity to interact with the health system without having to travel long distances to a health facility.
The CCPF initiative increases:Access to critical antenatal and postnatal care information Appropriate home and facility-based care for pregnant women and children.
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Clinical videos for frontline providers in low-resource settings
Frontline health workers provide the first and often the only care for millions of people in developing countries. Often they lack access to essential information and training which can save lives. Every years thousands of people die from medical conditions that could be readily be prevented or treated. The lack of basic knowledge among the general population compounds the problem as people may not realize the need for treatment and/or delay seeking care.
When training is available, it is costly, requiring travel to major cities while health workers leave their home clinics unattended. Worse, the training is often ineffective. The passive, didactic lectures that are the mainstay of traditional training fail to illustrate hands-on experiences so critical to learning. And written materials can be ineffective due to language and literacy barriers, complexity of the content, and failure to acknowledge the challenges of delivering care in low-resource settings.
In a field where identifying clinical symptoms and developing practical skills are paramount, new approaches are desperately needed.
Global Health Media has come up with a solution. Their short engaging videos provide a simple and effective solution to help health workers and communities gain the knowledge and basic skills that can save lives.
In low-resource settings where literacy and language are obstacles to learning, step-by-step visual instruction has enormous advantages, especially when voiced-over in the local language.
Global Health Media Project designs and develops videos that are tailored to the needs of health workers and populations in low-resource settings. Internet and mobile technology gives them the power to reach large numbers, cost-effectively and across vast distances, resulting in significant impact at minimal cost per patient.
With advances in technology over the next several years, their approach to developing visual tools will help give frontline health workers and communities easy access to even more information known to save lives.
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ClinicCommunicator is a web-based application that allows hospitals and clinics to automate communication to their patients through SMS. This includes appointment and medication reminders, updates on test results, health alerts and tips to stay healthy.
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