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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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Heath Arensen

Digital Impact Alliance at the UN Foundation
Director of Business Sustainability for Open Source Software
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 Alliance’s Open Source Center was founded as a multi-stakeholder initiative to support open source products that have been invested in to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Heath is a global nomad with an itch for entrepreneurship, having spent more than fifteen years founding and scaling tech-driven startups in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He thrives at the intersection of technology and social good, with experience in founding startups, in impact investing and in product incubation. Heath is an active mentor in the Middle East and African technology startup scenes. Prior to joining the Digital Impact Alliance, Heath oversaw iHub Nairobi’s innovation hub launch of an internal software consulting unit and talent development platform. Prior to iHub, he led the East Africa portfolio for impact investment firm Invested Development. For more than 10 years, he served as the founder and ran Tanasuk Technologies, a software consulting firm, and startup incubator with offices in Amman, Jordan and Nairobi, Kenya. Heath holds an MBA from Loyola University Chicago and an MA in sustainable international development from Brandeis University. Understanding the unique challenges of building and managing digital projects in emerging markets, Heath brings diverse expertise in business strategy and technology.

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Tuesday, October 29

11:00 CET