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A snapshot of this year’s BLN Discussion Meeting

Dec 15, 2017

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During the BID Learning Network (BLN) Discussion Meeting held in Lusaka, Zambia between September 19 and 22, more than 12 country delegates and stakeholders convened from across seventeen countries. Participants heard from various countries about their progress toward implementing electronic health systems and visited health facilities implementing Zambia’s Electronic Immunization Registry (ZEIR).

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A hotline for health workers using digital tools

Dec 14, 2017

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In Southern Province, a nurse was recently trained on the Zambia Electronic Immunisation Registry (ZEIR). She registered a baby who came to the clinic for the first time today. But the nurse can’t enter all the baby’s key information. She is stuck and can’t continue with this child. The nurse is faced with two options: to wait until a district health officer is available to help her troubleshoot, or to call the ZEIR hotline.

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Navigating digital transformation: 8 trends defining the future of global digital health

Dec 7, 2017

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Whether on the political, scientific, or cultural front, the world today is in a state of flux. Reviews from BCG, McKinsey, Deloitte, and Accenture highlight major demographic shifts, the increasing importance of technology in health, and the convergence of business and technical considerations. Digital platforms and solutions are emerging as a source of hope, inspiration, and connection.

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The 2017 Global Digital Health Forum – Celebrating new ways of thinking for global digital health

Nov 27, 2017

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The annual Global Digital Health Forum is scheduled for December 4-6th in Washington DC.  Though the Forum features amazing presentations every year, one of the most valuable aspects of this event is having the world’s digital health implementers, donors, and champions in one space.  The dialogue and strong relationship building between ministries of health leaders, technical developers, and other players in our field is what makes this conference special. 

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Champions and super users: ‘Born before computers,’ health workers are driving BID’s work

Nov 22, 2017

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A common misconception about some older health workers is they might not be able to grasp new technologies. In some cases, these staff members fear there is a steep learning curve to master the tools, or the electronic tools might take over some of their tasks, making them redundant. There are several health workers shattering these misconceptions. They even joke about their age, calling themselves ‘born before computers’ or ‘BBCs.’

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Building for sustainability: A Q&A about BID’s total cost of ownership tool

Nov 16, 2017

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In order to achieve the long-term sustainability of data quality and data use interventions countries and governments must understand the financial investment to develop, implement, and sustain such tools as Tanzania’s and Zambia’s electronic immunization registries (EIRs). This information can help governments budget for and plan for expansion. We caught up with BID’s Senior Health Economist, Mercy Mvundura, to better understand the role of a total cost of ownership (TCO) tool and how it will benefit other countries interested in implementing their own digital health initiatives.

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Champions and super users: The health workers behind BID’s success

Nov 8, 2017

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At the heart of the BID Initiative interventions are the health workers: men and women who are trained in data use interventions, and who work hard to adopt them, proving that improved data leads to improved decisions and thus better health outcomes for children in Zambia.

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Scaling data quality and data use interventions at the NetHope Summit

Nov 2, 2017

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Last week, the BID Initiative traveled to Vancouver, Canada to present at the annual NetHope Global Summit. Between October 23-27, more than 300 representatives from across the global health sector, leading technology companies, and funding organizations gathered to address a common goal: the power and promise of technology to address the problems and potential of humanity.

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From noise to knowledge: BID Initiative releases white paper about creating a culture of data use

Oct 26, 2017

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What is a data use culture? Why is it important? And how can it be strengthened? These are some of the questions addressed in PATH’s newly released white paper on Defining and Building a Data Use Culture. Over the past decade, the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to improve health outcomes has multiplied in the global health sector. One of the primary benefits of ICTs is the improved ability to collect, analyze, and use data. But to do this well and sustainability requires fostering a data use culture.

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Completion of Tanga marks new milestone for the BID Initiative

Oct 19, 2017

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Last month, the BID Initiative completed its second region in Tanzania. Expansion to Tanga provided an opportunity to apply and test the efficacy of data quality and data use interventions, such as defaulter tracing to pinpoint which children had missed a vaccine. As a region with more rural communities, Tanga presented certain logistical challenges with mostly farmers, fishermen and a few pastoralist populations. Interventions were introduced in all 321 health facilities in the region and more than 55,000 children have been entered into the Tanzania Immunization Registry (TImR) in Tanga.

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