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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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Sam Garman

BAO Systems
Analytics Technical Lead
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, and data management and information use. Sam is currently a lead R developer supporting the US Department of State Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (S/GAC) Program Results and Impact Monitoring for Epidemic Control (PRIME) team. Before joining BAO, Sam was the program manager driving the initial adoption of DHIS 2 by Médecins Sans Frontières Operational Center Brussels; therefore, he brings to all his projects first-hand understanding of the information needs and implementation challenges of clients. Sam holds a Master of Philosophy in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. His peer-reviewed research has appeared in the International Journal of Forecasting and the Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems and has been presented at numerous conferences and universities. Sam is based out of Brussels, Belgium.