Connecting health – systemic eHealth solutions to improve the health of mothers and children
Through information and communication technologies, eHealth has tremendous potential to support health systems in delivering equal access to quality services for everyone.
According to the WHO, eHealth is the transfer of health resources and health care by electronic means. The innovation factory provides a creative space for sharing experiences and coming up with new ideas to make use of this potential in local health systems. Clustered into country units, healthcare and ICT professionals from Germany, Kenya, Tanzania and Cameroon are coming together to develop innovative ideas and solutions to local challenges such as maternal and newborn child health based on comprehensive situation analyses and needs assessments.
Eventually, we want pregnancy and birth to become a matter of joy – not death. It is this common vision that partners in the field of eHealth share across their network in Kenya, Germany, Tanzania and Cameroon and that forms the centre of their innovations. Through the use of information and communication technologies, eHealth has tremendous potential to support health systems in delivering equal access to quality services for everyone. However, mHealth (as a sub-segment of eHealth) solutions are often developed in “silos” in single island fashion, and while being successful, they don’t have the power to make a change to the health systems or create synergies for well-being of the citizens. The innovation factory is a collaborative effort that brings together stakeholders, including policy makers, ICT specialist, medical staff, community health workers, private and public sector in so called ‘country units’, to advance systemic mHealth solutions based on actual needs and contexts. As clusters of expertise and innovation, the CUs are trying to break new ground to improve the health of mothers through embracing technology.
Backed with this strong vision, the country units developed solutions that are in line with national priorities, that are building onto experiences and lessons learned, that are people centred and owned and truly shared not by individuals but by the partnership. Each country unit contributes with a unique perspective towards the challenge and participates with its own example of synergies on specific mHealth initiatives in collaboration with the other countries mentioned above.
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