Webinar: Economies of Scale, Integration & Interoperability in Digital Health

Mar 10, 2016

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The BID Learning Network (BLN) recently held a webinar entitled “Economies of Scale, Integration & Interoperability in Digital Health”.

This webinar discussed World Vision’s experiences in different countries and contexts, and the successes and challenges encountered (notably in engagements with governments) as they have worked in the field of digital health. They specifically discussed the mHealth solutions used by World Vision, namely Motech and CommCare, including the underlying health system/intervention models. They seek to give the audience an understanding and visualization of how this set of solutions can also embed immunization, including existing immunization data capture for nutrition and community case management applications as well as potential integration with immunization registries.

The speakers addressed the topic of interoperability and illustrated how this has been achieved between Motech/CommCare and other widely used eHealth solutions like DHIS2, as well as current work on OpenHIE compliance. This webinar should be of interest to eHealth practitioners as well as immunization program personnel with an interest in increased efficiency in data collection, quality, and use.

If you missed our virtual event, view the recorded webinar below.

Presenter Information

Sherrie S. Simms

Dr. Simms is currently the World Vision International Director of ICT4D. Dr. Simms has been a strategic lead for World Visions’ global digital health efforts, including collaboration with key global partners. She holds a Ph.D. in Politics & Economics, focused on socioeconomic development and ICT for development.

Magnus M Conteh

Mr. Conteh is the Director of Global Health Programmes, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation with World Vision Ireland. He leads World Vision’s involvement in the Johnson & Johnson Ebola Vaccine Trial in Sierra Leone and manages a five-country maternal, new-born and child health programme with digital health solution deployments. Mr. Conteh holds an MA and a MHSc (Hons).

Mr. Sheel Shah

Mr. Shah is the Technical Project Manager at Dimagi Inc. and product owner for the CommCare Messaging and MOTECH Suite initiatives. At Dimagi, he has taken a lead role in larger technical projects including: working with the Harvard School of Public Health in India, designing mobile and call centre based tools to support a randomized control trial of the BetterBirth checklist; working with PSI to develop an SMS based system to track distribution of diarrhoea management products in India; and working with Pathfinder International to develop a comprehensive community health worker and clinic based CommCare system in Haiti. Mr. Shah additionally supports the engineering and product team, helping prioritize and design functionality for Dimagi’s tools, focusing on messaging, enterprise and integration.

Prior to joining Dimagi, Mr. Shah worked for three years as Program Manager with Microsoft, leading a multi-disciplinary team in scoping, designing and building many core features of new product line. He has also worked as a medical engineer, building software and mechanical devices to support prostate and lung cancer research.

He holds a degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Dr. Chilunga Puta

Chilunga Puta, Director of the BLN, is an infectious disease research and public health practitioner with in excess of 20 years of experience working in developing country health care settings. She has held diverse technical and administrative positions that have enabled her to acquire a wide range of skills and in-depth understanding of developing economy health care systems. Dr. Puta holds BSc joint honours in Biochemistry and Microbiology, a PhD in Biochemistry, an MPH with a major in Disease Surveillance, and is a Certified Quality Improvement Associate of the American Society for Quality.

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