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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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Rachel Powers

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation
Rachel thrives in the intersection of information technology and global health, working as a digital health consultant at the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation to drive the design and deployment of disease-fighting interventions in various LMICs. Currently her interests focus on the use of digital adherence technologies, diagnostic connectivity, and transport logistics solutions to fight TB, the world’s deadliest infectious disease. She is an enthusiastic advocate of user-based design and gets excited by patient-centered solutions that utilize existing technologies in new and innovative ways. Rachel draws on her experience in leveraging various mobile, web-based, and robotics solutions to improve health service delivery in low-resource settings. Her work has spanned contexts from Ukraine to Tanzania to the Philippines, and has focused on challenges in TB, immunization, maternal health, and disability inclusive development. Currently based in The Hague, Rachel started on this path with an MS in Information and Communication Technology for Development from the University of Colorado Boulder School of Engineering.