Instant Heart Rate
Instant Heart Rate is built by Softonic (rated 4* for Android). It’s available on iOS and Android. The basic version is Free. The preium version, needed to unlock some of the more sophisticated analytics, will cost you R199,99 per month or R579,99 per year (April 2016).
The premium license adds automatic acquisition of sleep length from it’s sleep app, including this data in the analytics that estimate your state of health. Instant Heart Rate also integrates with the Argus calorie counter and activity app to help you plan to improve your fitness levels.
Upgrading also gives you access to a trade-marked StandUp test. It collects two readings, one seated and one standing, and provides additional inisghts from analytics run on this data.
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Interactive Voice Response System
IntraHealth’s interactive voice response (IVR) mLearning activities use a combination of interactive voice response and SMS text messaging to deliver refresher training for nurses and midwives who provide family planning services. In Senegal, the course delivered 20 audio questions with accompanying explanations to health workers entirely on their mobile phones and in a variety of languages.
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International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT)
Based in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, IMPACT is the operational home of ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA). As ITU’s cybersecurity executing arm, IMPACT provides ITU’s 193 Member States access to expertise, facilities and resources to effectively address cyber threats.
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Jamii Smart is a pilot between the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Health (MOH), Safaricom, World Vision Kenya, CARE, Amref, and Aga Khan University in the implementation of a national mHealth initiative. The Jamii Smart initiative was originally known as Kenyan integrated mobile Maternal, Newborn and Child Health information platform (kimMNCHIp). The partnership’s vision is to utilize mobile technology to achieve safe motherhood for pregnant and lactating women and children under 5, and to offer an affordable and accessible mHealth solution for all women in Kenya. Phase 1 of this project, at the facility level, includes health facility workers’ capacity building and registration of pregnant women attending antenatal care. Phase 2, at the community level, consists of training community health workers (CHW) on the use of Jamii Smart. Phase 3, at the national level, involves the roll out of Jamii Smart nationally once the pilot is complete.
Jamii Smart is based on an inclusive, national, and sustainable mHealth solution that works together with key partners. The Jamii Smart partners collaborate within the following roles:Ministry of Health: Provides overall strategic leadership to this partnership to ensure ultimate benefits to the mother and child are realized; ensures the initiative meets the needs of the Ministry.
Safaricom: Provides technology for the solution; ensures capacity building is done to Health Workers, CHWs and implementing partners; advocates and ensures support of the solution by the MOH.
World Vision Kenya: Principal recipient and fiscal agent of Jamii Smart; consolidates and shares both program and financial reports to the donors and other partners; ensures capacity building is done to Health Workers, CHWs and implementing partners; advocates for support of the solution by the county health office and national Ministry of Health.
Amref and Care: Ensures Health Workers, CHWs and their ICT staff are trained to support the roll out of this solution; works closely with MOH to ensure the initiative is rolled out within the required content and strategic direction.
Aga Khan University: Ensures that research is in incorporated into the roll out of the solution to provide viable information that defines the scale up.
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K-Free is an Android mobile app that helps detect breast cancer early by plugging an external pouch-like peripheral to a smartphone. The external device uses low-energy light to take images of breast tissue. After the light is beamed through the breast, computational analyses provides the results, which are immediately available to users.
Developed by three Makerere University Students, Joshua Sentamu, David Tusubira and Derrick Mutabi. They said that they opted for that kind of set-up because it’s cheaper than a mammogram yet performing the same breast cancer tests. On how it works; after the light is beamed through the breast, computational analyses are done to the images and results are released there and then.
The app was the winner at the 2014 Uganda Community Innovation awards.
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KardioFit, developed in South Africa, uses a smartphone app and iHealth’s blood pressure devices so people with hypertension or other blood pressure-related conditions can monitor their condition at home and share the data with healthcare professionals.
The KardioFit app allows patients to view their daily blood pressure readings and trends, but also automatically saves a history, backed up in the cloud, and mails a comprehensive graph of all their readings taken each month to both them and their doctors or healthcare providers. The app also sends patients messages to remind them to check their blood pressure and informs them what they should do in the case of certain results, such as book an appointment with their doctor. The app will also automatically dispatch an ambulance via ER 24 in the case of a hypertensive emergency.
KardioFits partners so far include ER24, Run/Walk for Life, Mediclinic and iHealth. A subscription to Kardiofit costs R216 a month (or less than R8 a day) includes the free cellphone app and comes with a free blood pressure monitor worth R1,600. Kardiofit is available on Android phones currently, and will be available on the 10th of October in the Apple Store.
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The Kenya Integrated Mobile MNCH Information Platform (KimMNCHip) is a national-scale mHealth initiative that offers pregnant women in Kenya more choice, control and care during their pregnancy, and improved medical care for them and their babies during and after delivery.
The project offers three complementary services:Public information via a Maternal, Newborn, and Child (MNC) mHealth advisory service for pregnant women who register and provide their due date. They will receive a mix of SMS and voice messages, and access to call-in advisory hotlines and information data bases for MNCH issues. These will provide the women with timely health information scheduled in accordance with the national MNCH plan. SMS/voice charges to be covered by private partners (funded via voice message advertising following advertising code). mFinancial services for health that provide pregnant women with electronic vouchers to redeem in a collaborating clinic of their choice. The vouchers act as an incentive for clinics to enhance the quality of their services and attract more pregnant women, through a results-based payment system. The voucher also includes a social protection cash transfer to support the women with the costs of delivery. Other uses of mPayments to support maternal and newborn care will be explored. Funding of the vouchers will be sourced from social protection funds and contributions from donors and the private sector.
Primary care via mSupport services along the continuum of care, for mothers and for primary health care workers (PCHWs). These will be based on access to electronic medical records, appointments, reminders, and checklists to deliver better community health services, and monitor and respond to MNCH indicators. The initial partners of this national scale initiative are Safaricom, World Vision, the mHealth Alliance, CARE International and NetHope. They are developing, in collaboration with other strategic mobile health partners, the preliminary enterprise and technical architectures necessary to support the continuum of care. This initiative will represent a model implementation of the Maternal mHealth Initiative Global Framework.
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Learning about living
Learning about Living provides a range of interactive tools including eLearning, to provide health messages to the youth. The electronic version of FLHE, is based on the Nigerian Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education (FLHE) curriculum. The program is developed by OneWorld UK and Butterfly Works, in close collaboration with Action Health Incorporated and NERDC; with input from Education as a Vaccine Against Aids (EVA) and Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI); supported by the Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Health; and tested with young people, principals and youth workers in Nigeria. Learning about Living contains photographs from Akintunde Bhusayo.
FLHE Curriculum was developed by the NERDC as the National Agency for Curriculum development in the education sector in Nigeria in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education, Federal Ministry of Education and Action Health Incorporated.
This product is used in schools across Nigeria. It is specifically designed to work on any regular computer plus the One Laptop per Child, Classmate PCs and Government computer programs. It launched in Nigeria in 2007 and a French version “Apprendre à Vivre” launched in Senegal in 2010.
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The m4Change project in Nigeria aims to equip community health extension workers with a CommCare, a mobile phone decision support application, in order to improve the quality of antenatal care services, contributing to the goal of reducing maternal mortality within the framework of Nigeria’s Saving One Million Lives Initiative.
In February 2013, the project was formally launched in 20 health facilities in Nasarawa and Abuja states with more than 150 community health extension workers and midwives currently using the application. To date, more than 15,000 women are registered and being followed in CommCare at project health facilities.
In order to promote data use and effective planning, Pathfinder developed an online reporting portal to allow access to a user-friendly data dashboard where key stakeholders can access data for facility and aggregate level data analysis. Pathfinder also recognizes the power of using data for improved supervision. Pathfinder has partnered with the University of Washington to explore protocol and workflow data collected in CommCare and compared across sites. This data will be shared with supervisors to understand anomalies and effect change to improve the quality of care.
The use of SMS reminders have been shown to improve antenatal care attendance and skilled birth delivery rates in many African countries. The m4Change project leverages these findings to use SMS to notify women if they have missed an antenatal care appointment and encourage them to come back into care. SMS alerts are also sent to health workers to follow up on women for birth plans and to promote postnatal care services.
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Magpi is a powerful but easy-to-use tool for mobile data collection, messaging, and data visualization. With a basic free version and upper-level paid versions, Magpi serves the needs of a wide range of users in international development, global health, education, conservation, and many other sectors.
Winner of both the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award and the Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainable Innovation, Magpi (formerly EpiSurveyor) has been a pioneer in developing simple but powerful tools for social good.
Magpi is designed to be configurable by anyone with basic computer skills – no programming or specialized tech knowledge is required. Using Magpi, anyone can:
1 - create and deploy electronic forms and surveys – Forms are created online and then deployed via iOS or Android mobile apps, or by SMS (which works on any device). Forms can be in any language or alphabet. Learn more.
2 - create and deploy broadcast messaging campaigns – Magpi allows SMS or even audio messages to be sent according to a schedule. This can be as simple as weekly, or can be timed to clinic appointments or the stages of pregnancy. Messages can be in any language or alphabet. Learn more.
3 - create powerful graphic reports of their data – in July of 2016, Magpi is releasing a new “Reports” module that produces beautiful and fully customizable data visualizations. Read more.
Magpi users include WHO, UNICEF, JSI, PACT, World Vision, IRC, IFRC, many national governments, Save the Children, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and many, many others. Read case studies of Magpi use around the world.
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