JSI Represents at the Global Digital Health Forum

December 15th, 2019 | Viewpoint

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JSI made several presentations at this year’s Global Digital Health Forum, held in Washington DC in December 2019. The presentations covered all four classifications of digital health by the World Health Organization clients, health care providers, health systems managers, and datausing software packages ranging from DHIS2, Commcare, and OpenLMIS, to custom developed applications. The presentations ranged from providing insights on what it takes to scale national health management information systems in the Comparison of DHIS2 Structure and Use across 6 African Countries to the use of machine-learning in forecasting supply chain costs.

The presentations also complemented work in the six areas below at our Center for Digital Health.

JSI staff demonstrated the importance of digital health highlighting systems in Zambia, Mali, Madagascar, Burundi, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ethiopia. In addition to the specific technological solutions presented, our support of global digital health and our contributions to the global knowledge base were on display. Among the tools presented by JSI or partners were the Performance of Routine Information System Management, the Digital Health Investment Review Tool, and the Health Information Systems Interoperability Toolkit. 

One of JSI/MEASURE Evaluation’s four posters, presenting the pioneering work done in the One Health information systems in Burkina Faso, tied for first place in the poster competition. The poster, available here, presented the MEASURE Evaluation Burkina Faso team’s multisectorial approach to integrating human, animal, and environmental health data in a unique One Health electronic platform, built using the District Health Information Software (DHIS2).

JSI also participated in sessions highlighting our global leadership, including our role as co-chair of the Global Digital Health Network in the Networking the Networks sessions, and our work on Digital Health Accelerator Kits. The kits are being developed by WHO and other partners to provide common workflows, requirements, and prototypes to dramatically reduce the time it takes to develop and deploy digital solutions across a range of health areas including malaria, antenatal care, and family planning. 

Finally and most critically, as a public health organization, health is first and foremost in JSI’s ethos. Our presentations covered health areas from supply chain, HIV, OneHealth (cross-sector surveillance), immunization, community health information systems, and maternal and child health, and showcased how we are improving health outcomes and using technology to achieve our goals.

To see all the sessions presented, please read more here.

Written by: Stephen Ollis

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