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Nov 19, 2014

How can you learn from healthcare data?

Benjamin Franklin, sometimes described as the first American, said “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” It’s had a lasting effect across almost four centuries, and forms a foundation for leaders and organisations. The USA’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) has published Making the Case for Continuous Learning from Routinely Collected Data.

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Nov 19, 2014

Supporting Immunization Managers in their Fight to Save Lives

Immunization managers are on the front lines of global health, helping expand the full benefits of immunization to all people. Through effective management of the many elements of an immunization program, immunization managers bring the world closer to achieving the goals outlined in the Global Vaccine Action Plan.

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Nov 15, 2014

Data and development: Off the map

AFRICA is the continent of missing data. Fewer than half of births are recorded; some countries have not taken a census in several decades. On maps only big cities and main streets are identified; the rest looks as empty as the Sahara. Lack of data afflicts other developing regions, too. The self-built slums that ring many Latin American cities are poorly mapped, and even estimates of their population are vague. Afghanistan is still using census figures from 1979—and that count was cut short after census-takers were killed by mujahideen.

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Nov 14, 2014

HIE works for Maryland USA

Sharing health information has many claimed benefits. A report in iHealthBeat says the Maryland’s Health Information Exchange (HIE) is showing that they are achievable. Using the HIE, these healthcare providers can share millions of patient records to identify and map disease hotspots in real time. The data helps providers to respond promptly and effectively.

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Nov 14, 2014

Using Mobile Technology To Overcome Jurisdictional Challenges To A Coordinated Immunization Policy

On March 20, 2014, the Government of Canada and the federal Minister of Health announced the release of ImmunizeCanada (ImmunizeCA), a smart phone application (app) designed to both provide accurate information on immunization for Canadians and allow them to track their and their family members’ immunizations. Based on a prototype developed for parents in Ontario and in partnership with the Canadian Public Health Association, our development team received funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to build a national immunization app. Our task was to build an Apple- and Android-compatible app, containing all 13 provincial/territorial schedules and vaccine information from each jurisdiction in both Canadian official languages (French and English).

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Nov 13, 2014

Does Big Data need IoT to Succeed?

The promise of Big Data and analytics in health care tends to rise when there’s an epidemic. Now, it seems that Big Data’s not big enough to stand on its own feet. It needs the help of the Internet of Things (IoT). Together, they’re the Industrial Internet. This is what a report from GE and Accenture seems to show. It’s based on a survey across several sectors.

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Nov 12, 2014

You Can’t Save Lives if you Don’t Fight Pneumonia

On this day of reflection and action, let us commemorate the brief lives of the children lost to pneumonia—nearly 1 million every year worldwide—by vowing to support and focus on implementing the Global Action Plan and strengthening countries’ routine health systems in partnership with communities.

The fight against this deadly disease can be won. Children are not dying because effective interventions do not exist; they are dying because these interventions are not readily available for all. To dramatically reduce child mortality, we must achieve high and equitable coverage.

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Nov 12, 2014

Moving beyond access to development — immunization reframed

While a focus primarily on inputs can lead to program distortions inconsistent with a broader health development and systems approach, narrow strategies have lately come under scrutiny. Greater attention is being given to strengthening immunization systems capable of routinely reaching infants and other targeted age groups year in and year out.

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Nov 10, 2014

African health spending lags despite rapid economic growth

Over the last decade, more than half of sub-Saharan countries have either cut the share of government spending devoted to healthcare, or barely increased it, according to World Health Organization data. In Mozambique, healthcare dropped from 15% of the government budget in 2001 to 9% in 2012.

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Nov 6, 2014

Tech Change Course: mHealth – Mobile Phones for Public Health

Many have expressed great interest in becoming better informed consumers and implementers of mHealth. To support this demand, TechChange is pleased to announce its 5th four-week online certificate course on mHealth: Mobile Phones for Public Health. The course will start on November 17th and go until December 12th with unlimited access to the course for an additional 4 months. The course is based on the increasing importance of and and interest in the topic of mobile health (mHealth) as well as the need to develop more skills and exchange of best practices among practitioners in the sector.

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