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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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Andrea Fletcher

Cooper/Smith
Lead Data Strategist
United States

Andrea is the Lead Data Strategist at Cooper/Smith where she advises governments and partners on technology for frontline workers. In her role she guides decision-makers to determine what the right solution is for them and conducts operational research on data use, data governance, and data systems. For the past 3 years she has provided technical assistance to the Kuunika Project, a project with the Malawian Ministry of Health and Population on improving the use of routine data systems for HIV service delivery.

Prior to joining Cooper/Smith, Andrea held a variety of roles at Dimagi, a social enterprise that develops last mile solutions, where she deployed mobile health projects around the world. These projects ranged from small-scale pilots to Ministry of Health-backed national implementations. Her primary focus was on building mobile applications and SMS systems that strengthen health systems in low-resource settings including programs in Ebola response and recovery, HIV/AIDS, orphans and vulnerable children, maternal and child health, malnutrition, and cardiovascular disease. She has led projects to build integrated applications with electronic medical record systems, business intelligence tools, biometric scanners, and national health informatics systems.

Andrea holds a BA from Washington & Jefferson College in Bioethics, an MPH from Emory University in Global Health, and is currently a DrPH candidate in the department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.