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Technology-enabled solutions have a major impact on the international humanitarian and development sector, with new and emerging technologies continuing to pave a new way forward. Digital ID allows organizations to collect accurate beneficiary data and track progress towards the SDGs. The integration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones into supply chain systems leads to an increase in the availability and access to lifesaving health commodities and fills significant service gaps in public health supply chains. With Electronic Health Records, health providers can understand the requirements of communities, and artificial intelligence and predictive analytics can improve health outcomes. The emergence of digital tools bundled with predictive and descriptive analytics helps community health workers to identify high-risk patients for timely and quality service. 

Digital technologies are mitigating barriers associated with distance, time, infrastructure and analog data processes and can improve how health services are accessed and delivered. Community Health Workers and Frontline Health Workers can now register patients and track health services across a continuum of care and increase facility transparency, autonomy, and accountability. A digital health service can provide a complete End to End service that delivers actionable data, with the implementation of Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance systems, and end-to-end logistics information management systems, which can collect historical consumption data and utilize predictive analytics to accurately support demand planning and optimize in-country public health supply chains.

Join sessions with CDC China, Technical University of Catalonia, BarcelonaTech, Jhpiegpo, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, Living Goods, VecanCares and learn how organizations are using new and emerging technologies. Chemonics International, Cooper Smith, Abt Associates Inc, will present the innovative tools and platforms they are developing. 

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Tuesday, October 29 • 11:00 - 11:45
Sustaining Open Source Digital Public Goods

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DIAL's Open Source Center supports digital public goods in the humanitarian and development sector.  One of the key areas of support is in long term sustainability of the projects.  This includes business models, revenue streams, and community.  A number of learnings have emerged from this work, the most important being momentum for the creation of a foundation to act as an organizational home for these open-source public goods.  Will share our progress and how organizations and projects can get involved.

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Heath Arensen

Director of Business Sustainability for Open Source Software, Digital Impact Alliance at the UN Foundation
Heath is the Director of Business Sustainability for Open Source Software at the UN Foundation’s Digital Impact Alliance. The international development and humanitarian community have long embraced Open Source in developing digital solutions for global challenges. The Digital Impact... Read More →

Tuesday October 29, 2019 11:00 - 11:45 CET
Auditorium H8-01
  Plenary session
  • Organization DIAL
  • Technical Level Basic
  • Moderator Donna Medeiros