Health eVillages, a program of Physicians Interactive and the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, provides state-of-the-art mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision support resources to medical professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world.
Health eVillages has conducted small pilot projects in:Haiti India Kijabe, Kenya Lwala, Kenya Rural Louisiana South Sudan South Africa Uganda.
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Health Information Systems Partnership Organisation (HPO)
The Health Information Systems Partnership Organisation (HPO) is a global partnership of HISP entities that supports members to design, develop and manage high quality health information systems with the aim of contributing to sustainable health information systems development The HPO helps to achieve this goal by create a formal partnership whereby capacity can be developed in local HISP teams through a peer-review and sharing mechanism so that the HISP teams provide high quality technical support. The HPO achieves this through collaboration on joint projects, creating fora for sharing of experiences, and the development of a set of technical and organizational standards that members will strive to achieve. The HPO co-ordinates and shares scarce resources/skills amongst one another within different regions or globally, thus strengthening the ability of local teams to respond to country-led demands for health information system development.
Current HPO Membership includes HISP_Bangladesh, HISP_Cote d’Ivoire, HISP_India, HISP_Malawi, HISP_Namibia, HISP_Nigeria, HISP_Phillipines, HISP_Rwanda, HISP_South Africa, and HISP_West Africa, HISP_Zimbabwe. While the University of Oslo is not a member of the HPO, they are likely to participate in the Board of Directors as an observer. It is anticipated that in the next few months HISP_Uganda and HISP_Tanzania will also join as members. HPO members implement joint activities with other HPO members on health information systems in various countries where technical assistance and support is needed around health information systems development. This entails development of joint funding proposals and implementation plans and actual implementation of program activities; joint program and financial reporting; capacity development of staff, partners and other stakeholders; joint collaboration with donors and other development partners, among others.
During the past one and half year of the GHSA project implementation, mechanisms have been put in place for HPO members to share resources, including human resources, across countries for effective implementation of the project. Such mechanisms allow utilization of professionals with technical skills needed to support GHSA supported countries implementation.
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Health Level Seven International (HL7)
Health Level Seven International (HL7) is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standards developing organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services.
HL7's 2,300+ members include approximately 500 corporate members who represent more than 90% of the information systems vendors serving healthcare.
Learn more about HL7 by viewing the Introduction to HL7 Flash Tour
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Health Network Programme
An initiative in Tanzania. Partnership between Vodacom Tanzania, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Switchboard International has led to the development of the Health Network Programme. The initiative enables practitioners, both in rural and urban areas, to make free calls and send 50 free SMS per month.
Users include doctors, assistant medical officers, medical specialists, clinical officers, assistant clinical officers, dental officers, assistant dental officers, dental therapists, and dental specialists in the country.
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Kenya's Safaricom has teamed up with health insurance firm AAR to launch a product that will use telepresence to deliver health services. Safaricom Health Presence is in the pilot stage and will consist of a unit comprising access to triage services, access to a medical specialist and a fully equipped laboratory. The technology seeks take advantage of the fact that 92 of Kenyans have mobile phones, to help deal with the problem of inaccessibility to timely and adequate health care.
Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore noted that the adoption of telemedicine would help address the skewed doctors-to-patient ratio. Patients will be able to get quality health care irrespective of their locations. Collymore said that with this technology, all a doctor needs is a computer or a tablet to treat a patient.
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HealthE Africa is a peer assistance network that aims to strengthen existing digital health partnerships and foster new collaborations in Africa. The community connects programme needs with African technology experts and service providers, and so strengthens local and regional digital health.
HealthE Africa aims to create a more effective and efficient market for digital health services so that the demand for assistance for eHealth programmes can more readily be met by an easily accessible, cost-effective local supply that creates context-appropriate solutions.
Partners are HealthEnabled and K4Health.
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Capita healthcare launched Healthline 255 in Ghana, the first mobile call-centre in Africa which uses Capita technology to offer real-time quality clinical advice and assistance.
The service from Vodafone Ghana provides a team of qualified clinicians who assess callers needs, offer them advice and direct them to the most appropriate form of care available. This encourages and empowers Ghanaians to be at the centre of their own healthcare, and ensures that the costs associated with complications due to late presentations, misguided advice or inappropriate access of healthcare services are minimised.
The service is based in Accra and provides guidance for general health and condition related questions from callers.
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Healthspace is an interactive medical portal that brings patients and healthcare professionals together in order to improve healthcare in South Africa. Healthspace wants to connect Health Professionals with their Patients and with one another.
It's a free service to both patients and health professionals based on an ad-supported model. Individual patients benefit from the secure storage of and access to their patient file summary. To health professionals the system makes independent secure electronic record keeping available free of charge for the first time in South Africa.
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This GE initiative supports innovations, aiming at those that deliver high quality, more affordable healthcare to more people around the world. It combines:Corporate Venture Capital: Investing and partnering with startups to accelerate growth and commercialize innovatives ideas. Collaboration: Expanding healthymagination’s work to team up with key industry partners on significant global health. Incubations: Driving GE growth by testing and developing market-shaping business platforms. Walking the Talk: Continuing our partnership with GE’s human resources team to deepen our internal culture of health.
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hearScreen is an innovative start-up providing smart solutions for healthy hearing. Its low-cost mHealth solution for hearing problems provides clinically valid tests, operated by untrained persons with cloud-based data management and referral systems linking patients to services. hearScreen’s vision is to impact the 1.2 billion globally who suffer hearing difficulties through affordable access and linkage to hearing health.
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