eHealth

eHealth

Tanzania:

NATIONAL INTEGRATED COMMUNITY mHEALTH PLATFORM (MICmHP)

In Tanzania practitioners and policy makers are well aware of the benefits and challenges of using mobile phones to improve health outcomes. The mHealth partner and project landscape is very diverse, 120 different registered projects pinpoint that. As maternal and newborn child health is clearly a challenge that is also still pertaining to our Tanzanian context, improving maternal and newborn child health through using mobile phones has been a key focus for many. Yet, despite existing guiding structures such as a National eHealth Policy and Framework, many of these mHealth solutions are not integrated, neither amongst themselves, nor within the health system.

Enhancing the efficiency of services delivery for mothers and children

The innovation factory has provided an opportunity to think beyond. 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. In order to do so, the plan is to establish a National Integrated Community mHealth Platform (NICmHP) – first of its kind – that integrates and builds upon different digital solutions to create a uniform mHealth eco-system. What’s more, data derived through this platform will eventually be integrated with Tanzania’s District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2) and thus contribute to improving data availability and thereby inform policy making.

Eventually, the team aspires at making use of disruptive technologies, in particular, humanitarian use of drones and items from 3D printing (like a nasal aspirators used at birth) for delivery of medicines and essential commodities in emergencies.

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