eHealth

eHealth

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.  Starting with an extended DHIS2 (District Health Information System 2) platform with tracker functionality -targeting both patients and institutions – and continuing with automated weekly calls informing mothers, the eHealth solutions aim at improving the performance of health care institutions and professionals and at the same time increase patient contact and literacy.

Based on Kenya’s national eHealth strategy and the shared vision that ICT can be instrumental in improving the health care, especially for vulnerable groups like women, children and adolescents, the Kenyan Country Unit supported the prototyping of three solutions during a hackathon:

A messaging service to ensure early referrals of pregnant mothers to skilled health care

In rural Kenya, many pregnant women continue to consult traditional birth attendants instead of attending skilled antenatal healthcare services. Consequently, pregnancy-related complications often go unnoticed, with serious, sometimes fatal consequences for the mother, the unborn child, or both. The team suggests improving the timely referral of all pregnant mothers to skilled health care providers by connecting traditional birth attendants, skilled healthcare providers and pregnant mothers through a digital messaging service, which could be both app- and SMS-based. The service could be used for early referrals of new pregnancies but also for the provision of basic health information to expecting mothers and traditional birth attendants.

An app-based micro health insurance scheme

In Kenya, the method of collective saving in village- or family groups is still widespread. At the same time, people in rural areas are often not covered by formal health insurance and often face catastrophic expenses when family members fall ill. Building onto rural Kenyan’s familiarity with group-saving schemes, the idea of this team is to build a micro health insurance platform to which members can make payments though M-PESA, a mobile phone based money transfer service.

A platform allowing young Kenyan’s to learn about ‘taboo’ topics

Kenyan society is quite conservative when it comes to providing young people the information they need in relation to their sexual and reproductive health and rights. The team is suggesting to create a digital platform which young users can access via an app or text messaging. On the platform, young people will find comprehensive information on their questions, in a language that they can understand. In addition, experts in adolescent health and mental health professionals would be involved to provide mentoring and personal advice to young people with more specific questions or problems.

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Healthy Developments

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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