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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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Breakout Session [clear filter]
Monday, October 28
 

14:15 CET

Breakout 1: Leveraging Geospatial Data to Support Public Health Interventions
Geospatial data are becoming more available in low- and middle-income countries. And, thanks to advanced methodologies, population data are also more available and accurate. In parallel, information about health facilities (e.g. geolocation, available services, type, contact) are collected by a wide range of partners. These data can be highly valuable to improve coverage estimates, detect gaps in service availability and population accessibility to basic health care. However, they remain critically underused in many countries. In this session, we will discuss the opportunities that geospatial data present for decision making and the challenges that we faced in making them available.

Speakers
avatar for Martin De Wulf

Martin De Wulf

Project Lead, Bluesquare
I'm presenting about the use of geospatial data in software tools to support public health policies. I am a PhD in computer science bringing my experience from building products in startups and data visualization tools to the field of public health software.


Monday October 28, 2019 14:15 - 15:00 CET
H8-01-E
  Breakout Session
  • Organization Bluesquare
  • Technical Level Intermediate

14:15 CET

Breakout 2: Removing Barriers to Effective Data Use with the Zenysis Rapid Data Interoperability Platform
Zenysis Technologies is a big data and artificial intelligence software company dedicated to accelerating global development goals and improving lives everywhere. The Zenysis software takes advantage of powerful open source technologies, machine learning, fuzzy logic, and artificial intelligence to rapidly integrate, clean, standardize and store data from multiple fragmented data sources across sectors, making these data available for analysis within a single interface. The Zenysis platform gives decision-makers a global view of their data for the first time, storing data in a warehouse capable of managing petabytes of data and trillions of events where they are queryable at sub-second speed through intuitive, flexible interfaces and dashboards. Zenysis has already implemented its platform in seven countries across Africa and South Asia where the platform has been tested and validated as an effective tool for improved decision-making.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriel Risk Martins

Gabriel Risk Martins

Chief of Staff, Zenysis Technologies
Gabriel Risk Martins is the Chief of Staff at Zenysis Technologies. In his first two years at Zenysis, Gabriel successfully led the company’s first humanitarian response team to Cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique and directly supported the CEO in different missions globally.As... Read More →


Monday October 28, 2019 14:15 - 15:00 CET
H8-01-D
  Breakout Session

14:15 CET

Breakout 3: Leveraging Routine Data for Logistics Decision Making
Many stakeholders are exploring how the supply chain data in a routine (DHIS2) instance can play a key role in supporting supply chain management for a program. Since the data already exists, leveraging it can be a simple matter of integration and analysis to provide real insights. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bluesquare has collaborated with SANRU to develop a system to improve supply chain management and automated reporting. We will share some of the insights gained from this project and how we see the future role of this data in holistic decision making on supply chain management.

Speakers
avatar for Romain Olekhnovitch

Romain Olekhnovitch

Bluesquare
Romain Olekhnovitch, PhD, has a background in engineering and statistics and six years of experience in data science applied to health. Before joining Bluesquare, Romain worked for the largest health data platform in France, where he was responsible for the development of an integrated... Read More →


Monday October 28, 2019 14:15 - 15:00 CET
Auditorium H8-01
  Breakout Session
  • Organization Bluesquare
  • Technical Level Intermediate

14:15 CET

Breakout 4: TransIT - Low-cost Transport Management System for International Development and Relief
To address long-standing gaps in last-mile delivery management within remote or developing areas, Chemonics International developed the Transportation Information Tool (TransIT), a cloud-based, non-subscription SaaS system that aggregates end-to-end data — from distribution planning through delivery to the recipient — to track performance, location, and costs as commodities move through the in-country distribution network. The system collects electronic proof of delivery (e-POD) through a mobile application for drivers and feeds detailed transportation to a single dashboard for centralized management. TransIT and ePOD can be used across donors, countries, and projects with minimal infrastructure, setup, and maintenance costs.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Dubin

Scott Dubin

Chemonics International Inc.
Scott Dubin is a social entrepreneur and innovator with more than 15 years of experience in the field of relief and development. He has built a career providing critical logistical and operational management to humanitarian and development projects in a host of complex and insecure... Read More →


Monday October 28, 2019 14:15 - 15:00 CET
H8-01-C
  Breakout Session

15:15 CET

Breakout 5: Added Value of Partnerships in Leveraging Innovative Digital Technology to Improve Tanzania’s Public Health Outcomes
The mHealth Tanzania Partnership works in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Elderly, and Children MOHCDGEC, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, numerous Tanzanian and international NGOs and public and private partners. This includes Tanzanian mobile network operators (MNOs), HIV implementing partners, development partners and technical partners. The partnership is one of Cardno International Development’s flagship projects using emerging technologies in its business and Cardno plans to continue to leverage opportunities from this case to grow its business globally that provides customized solutions. Since 2015 Cardno has partnered with Rasello, a digital technology partner, under the partnership to offer a digital platform to develop flexible and scalable solutions to meet the Government of Tanzania’s evolving public health needs. Rasello's platform enables partners to collaborate their efforts, mobile content, and resources to improve health care through different mHealth applications that are interoperable and are linked to digital tools such as machine learning. The platform also is equipped to integrate with existing health information systems (CTC3 & ETLS) and gives health service providers data analytics they need to require to improve service and care. Rasello coordinates with MNOs to ensure the connection with end-users and provides access to health development partners to help them target and retain end-users on the services longer.   The digital platform’s mHealth applications give all users, including the Government of Tanzania and USG donor agencies, real-time reporting and analytics on the programs’ progress, helping to quantify results and impact. Having this data ensures future investments into public programming can be more effective. In addition to technical input, Rasello ensures harmonization of the mHealth applications enabling different initiatives leveraging on each other by redirecting user traffic. Lastly, this single platform allows multiple health partners to reduce costs as they leverage on existing infrastructure and applications that provides an opportunity for easy scalability of programs. The platform’s technology is ensuring the Government of Tanzania can reach UN SDGs #3 and #17 with its maternal, newborn, and child health; HIV and TB-focused SMS services. Results and Impact  
• Using emerging digital and mobile health technology in Tanzania has united private and public sector partners for more effective resource leveraging to address major public health challenges
• Securing MNO support on zero-rating (making SMS content free of charge) both SMS messages and USSD sessions;
• Securing government endorsement of interoperable mHealth platform; and
• Rolling out multiple mHealth services at the national level.

Lessons Learned:
1. mHealth stakeholder’s Partnerships and MOHCDGEC involvement is essential in the development and implementation of mHealth services
2. Designing mobile solutions with human-centered design to increases service uptake among targeted clients 3. Integration with national health information systems adds sustainability of interventions


Speakers
avatar for Raj Prasad

Raj Prasad

Cardno
Raj Prasad, Cardno VP, Director of Digital Innovation is leveraging his 20+ years of experience to develop strategies that make Digital part of Cardno’s DNA in order to develop high quality and innovative solutions expected from its clients globally. He’s a firm believer that... Read More →
avatar for Joan Mneney

Joan Mneney

Head of Projects, Rasello
At Rasello, Joan has a passion for digital innovation with a focus on health in developing countries. She has managed over ten regional and national digital health projects executed in rural and urban areas in Tanzania since 2015.Rasello’s clients in Tanzania are comprised of both... Read More →


Monday October 28, 2019 15:15 - 16:00 CET
H8-01-E
  Breakout Session
  • Organization Rasello
  • Technical Level Intermediate

15:15 CET

Breakout 6: Advancing Analytics through Systems Interoperability
Information systems interoperability is becoming increasingly necessary as organizations look to improve their analytics. Pulling data from multiple, previously siloed systems enables decision-makers to understand why something happened rather than simply describing what happened. During this session, we will explore interoperability, propose approaches for achieving interoperability, and describe some of our own solutions that will help users more easily co-analyze disparate datasets.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Garman

Sam Garman

Analytics Technical Lead, BAO Systems
Sam specializes in data science and analytics covering the full data science life cycle from business understanding to modeling/visualizing to deployment and acceptance. He has over 15 years of experience spanning information systems analysis and development, applied economic research... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Lew

Katherine Lew

Product liaison, BAO Systems
Ms. Lew brings over 15 years of public health experience with an emphasis in health information systems, data management, and data analytics, visualization and use. Before joining BAO Systems, she supported NGO country programs and headquarters with customization and implementation... Read More →


Monday October 28, 2019 15:15 - 16:00 CET
H8-01-D
  Breakout Session
  • Organization BAO Systems
  • Technical Level Intermediate

15:15 CET

Breakout 7: Health Information System Implementation in Unstable and Humanitarian Emergency Projects in MSF: Review of Use and Limitations
MSF France adopted DHIS2 as our medical-operational reporting platform in 2016. Currently, our Health Information System (HIS) is scaled up to over 65 projects in more than 20 countries. The organizations aim is to have all routine health intervention information be accessible and usable for decision-making and monitoring; this is even more important in unstable and emergency responses. We will go through the steps we took to implementing our HIS in 20 emergency projects, including conflict, displacement, epidemic, and nutritional crisis interventions. We describe the feasibility of implementing HIS rapidly and at emergency onset as well as the challenges and limitation faced. We will conclude with the ways forward that MSF starts implementing to facilitate HIS use in emergency responses.

Speakers
avatar for Evgenia Zelikova

Evgenia Zelikova

Team Leader HMIS Team, Médecins sans Frontières
Ms. Zelikova has worked at MSF France in the HMIS team since 2017, first as deployment and field support coordinator and currently as a team leader. Her scope of work includes design and follow-up of HIS implementations in all MSF OCP projects; review of metadata, activity and quality... Read More →


Monday October 28, 2019 15:15 - 16:00 CET
Auditorium H8-01
  Breakout Session
  • Organization MSF France
  • Technical Level Intermediate

15:15 CET

Breakout 8: Use of a Server Log as a Tool to Assess ICT maintenance of DHIS2 to Understand and Address Factors Affecting Server Up-time for Improved Data Reporting in Nigeria.
Utilization of open source tools to monitor availability of the DHIS2 system in order to understand technical issues related to down time that prevents users from accessing and entering data in a timely manner. The monitoring and analysis of the system log provide a clear explanation of technical issues in order to minimize the time when users are not able to access the system hence improving the health impact of the system while promoting use. 

Speakers
avatar for Tonny Bogere

Tonny Bogere

CDC
Tonny Bogere is a public health informatician who worked with the U.S Centers for Disease Control and prevention in Uganda since August 2008. He received his Masters degree in Health Informatics from the University of Sheffield United Kingdom in 2012. Tonny has proven experience in... Read More →


Monday October 28, 2019 15:15 - 16:00 CET
H8-01-C
  Breakout Session
  • Organization CDC
  • Technical Level Intermediate
 
Tuesday, October 29
 

14:15 CET

Breakout 10: Managing health networks at scale to improve the quality of health service delivery: PSI’s experience with the Health Network Quality Improvement System (HNQIS)
The presentation aims to share lessons learned on the use of HNQIS data to inform programmatic decision-making and better manage health care networks at scale. 

Speakers
avatar for Cristina Lussiana

Cristina Lussiana

Senior Program Manager, Population Services International
Cristina joined the GBS team in August 2018 and since then has been supporting production and use of data mostly out of DHIS2 for managing performance of public health programs. She has been leading the implementation of PSI’s HNQIS app in 20+ countries and contributed to strengthen... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 14:15 - 15:00 CET
Auditorium H8-01
  Breakout Session

14:15 CET

Breakout 11: Mobile Device Management in DHIS2
Partners struggle with managing their devices as field operators download Candy Crush, Facebook, YouTube videos, etc., consuming battery life and monthly data plans. eSHIFT Partner Network is addressing this issue by launching a Mobile Device Management (MDM) service for Android digital health projects. The service allows for the administration of mobile devices, giving project managers TOTAL control of all deployed devices, allowing for COMPLETE device security, remote management, application control, and reporting. eSHIFT has developed an MDM integration product for DHIS2, allowing administrators access to critical device information to maximize uptime for healthcare providers. This information can include anything from current battery strength to last login to last data sync

Speakers
avatar for Eva Muhanguzi

Eva Muhanguzi

Inclus Consulting
For the past 8 years Eva has been developing innovative approached to adapt technology in health to the needs of government and international institutions. I have worked both developed and developing countries on various SI projects. Currently work for Inclus consulting and University... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 14:15 - 15:00 CET
H8-01-D
  Breakout Session
  • Technical Level Intermediate

14:15 CET

Breakout 9: Improving Visibility of Health Commodities at Public Health Facilities in Lagos State, Nigeria
Exousia Lagos deployed a pilot proof of concept project to improve supply chain visibility for public health program commodities in Alimosho Local Government Area (LGA) of Lagos State using a Mobile Inventory Reporting Application (MIRA) based on CommCare app by Dimagi (an Android-based open-source application) to collect data on health commodities utilized in the HIV/AIDS, TB, Family Planning and other common disease programs. The application was developed, Users trained and deployed to capture data for two months, May – July 2019. A dramatic improvement (100%) invisibility of last-mile commodity data is reported with 316 daily and 121 monthly stock reports and an average reporting rate of 87.36% (30/34 health facilities). It took health workers an average of 7 minutes to complete daily reports and accounted for 60% savings in real cost.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Adedapo

Margaret Adedapo

Lagos State Ministry of Health, Lagos, Nigeria
Margaret Oluwayemisi Adedapo, a Pharmacist, Public Health and Supply Chain Specialist and a fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists is the Coordinator, Logistics Management Coordinating Unit of the Lagos State Ministry of Health. A team builder, she leads the... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 14:15 - 15:00 CET
H8-01-E
  Breakout Session
 
Wednesday, October 30
 

14:00 CET

Breakout 12: WISCENTD: Integrating Data to Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases
In this session, we will present WISCENTD, a result of collaborative work between the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). WISCENTD is a platform that facilitates (and largely automates) the integration data and makes the preparation of data for the complex analysis transparent to the end-users. The session will include a high level overview of the entire project as well as more technical details of our platform. We will exemplify the use of WISCENTD over the current global health use case, i.e., the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) at WHO.


Speakers
avatar for Petar Jovanovic

Petar Jovanovic

Research and Teaching assistant, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, BarcelonaTech


Wednesday October 30, 2019 14:00 - 14:30 CET
Auditorium H8-01
  Breakout Session
  • Technical Level Basic

14:00 CET

Breakout 13: Haiti’s Health Information System: Using Data to Change Health Outcomes
Data Analytics and Informatics

Speakers
avatar for Atwood Raphael

Atwood Raphael

Chief Of Party, DAI
Atwood, a Fulbright alumnus, has nineteen years of successful experience in public health. He had been involved in all aspects of management related to health system strengthening. He contributed substantially to the management, design/implementation, and expansion of health management... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 14:00 - 14:30 CET
H8-01-D
  Breakout Session
  • Technical Level Basic

14:00 CET

Breakout 14: Leveraging OpenSRP to Improve Community Health Care Service Delivery, Strengthen Accountability, Aid in Decision-making, and Generate Real Time Data for M&E on RMNCH and Malaria in Lake and Western Zone in 2019-2020
In 2017 Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins University affiliate through the USAID Boresha Afya project in Tanzania’s Lake and Western Zone partnered with  MOHCDGEC. Jhpiego implemented OpenSRP in line with the government of Tanzania choice as the digital health platform for CHWs. OpenSRP is an open-source mobile health platform developed for frontline health workers which encompass CHWs and FHWs that allows them to register their clients and track their health services across the continuum of care. The mobile application implemented and completed in Lake and Western Zone in 2019 has been used to address RMNCH and Malaria challenges including strengthening referral system from the community to facilitate and inter-facilities and closing the gap between health facilities, community health workers and clients.

Speakers
avatar for Bakari Bakari

Bakari Bakari

Senior Health informatics Advisor, Jhpiego
Bakari Bakari is a Senior Health informatics Advisor with Jhpiego, Dar es Salaam- Tanzania since 2018. Bakari has over 15 years’ experience in the design development, implementation, and management of ICT solutions in the public and private sectors. From January 2015 -May 2018... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 14:00 - 14:30 CET
H8-01-C
  Breakout Session
  • Organization Jhpiego
  • Technical Level Basic

14:00 CET

Breakout 15: Interoperable Cross-Sectoral Public Finance Management and Health Information Systems Contribute to Health Sector Service Delivery Improvement in Tanzania
This session covers how information systems extended to facility-level have contributed to increasing facility transparency, autonomy, and accountability. The session also covers interoperability of different systems through a data mediator to improve data exchange across systems and data analysis for evidence-based decision-making

Speakers
avatar for Revocatus Mtesigwa

Revocatus Mtesigwa

Abt Associates Inc
Current Work: Revocatus Mtesigwa is currently working on a project called Public Sector System Strengthening (PS3) project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which supports the Government of Tanzania (GOT) in strengthening the public-sector... Read More →


Wednesday October 30, 2019 14:00 - 14:30 CET
H8-01-E
  Breakout Session