eHealth

eHealth

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.

To find out more about the projects, click on the flags below.

Cameroon

Happy Mothers
Happy Mothers – an expression of the ultimate vision of the Country Unit – is an ICT based tool, that will support community health workers in their daily work with women and children in the communities, improve communication and referral between communities and health facilities and provide policy makers with information necessary for decision making. Read more...

Germany eHealth Germany

Linked Data: Strengthening Health Information Systems
Health information systems (HIS) are the backbone for any modern health care system. A lack of information is a major barrier for successful delivery of health care. Together with the other three participating Country Units in the Innovation Factory (Cameroon, Tanzania and Kenya) the German Country Unit tries to strengthen health information system. Read more...

Kenya

Reciprocal eHealth solutions for care compliance and communication across the Healthcare systems
Disconnected communication between patients and healthcare providers, across the formal and informal healthcare system, has impaired patients’ compliance to care and overall health literacy in Kenya. In order to improving this relationship, as a crucial determinant of health outcomes, several reciprocal eHealth solutions have been carefully selected by the Kenyan Country Unit. Read more...

Tanzania

National Integrated Community mHealth Platform
Inspired to make a change to the lives of mothers and children, the team of professionals from the Ministry and the mHealth Community of Practice, has set themselves the meaningful goal to integrate several successful digital mHealth information systems to enhance the efficiency of services delivery for mothers and children. Read more...

Effects

  • Key persons are ready to engage in the innovation factory
  • Competences in project planning and implementation are improved
  • Learn from one another
  • Organisational, financial and human resource requirements are available
  • Self organisation
  • Joint project planning