August 2011

Best mHealth Project

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Project Jeevandainee

Zilla Parishad Wardha

Highlights

  • 98.5 percent institutional deliveries registered since implementation of project
  • MMR reduced from 90 to 51 percent in 2 years

The project was started in order to provide timely and effective ante-natal care and post natal care to be delivered to both the mother and child. The idea was to use technology to increase the productivity of the health service providers. In order to improve the service delivery, the Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad of Wardha, Gunjan Krishna devised SMS based ANC and PNC tracking system.

Under the system the health information collection and updating happens real time by way of SMS. Based on the information, the software generates the maternity card/ immunisation card and due dates of health checkups. Expected date of delivery, immunisation dates are created and alerts for the ANC, PNC and immunisation services are sent before the due date to the health workers in order to ensure timely delivery of services.

The goal of the project is to improve the health of the mother and child as reflected in the MMR, IMR, institutional delivery and percentage of low birth rate babies. The objective is to ensure 100 percent registration of ANC cases at a stipulated time, to ensure the timely payment of JSY benefits and to ensure timely and complete immunisation of child born between 0-6 years.

Website: www.zpwardha.gov.in



mCARE – Mobile phone based Public His

C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram

Highlights

  • An integrated mobile phone based public health information system, first-of-its-kind in India
  • ICT based health information flow from root level to higher level achieved

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Thiruvananthapuram and Media Lab Asia (promoted by MCIT, Govt. of India) collaborated in developing an ICT (Information and Communication Technology) based Software solution “mCARE” for strengthening health care services at grass root level and synthesising relevant information for health care management.

The mobile based application “mCARE” developed by C-DAC enables health workers to use handheld devices such as Smartphone for capturing data from field and thus to analyse public health data from grass root level.

The application can be deployed on any smart phones which runs on Windows Mobile Operating System. The “mCARE” has two major components working in tandem-  “health@palm“– an mHealth application which runs on smart phones and empowers health workers for health data capture and retrieval and centrally hosted web based application for health related data analysis and report generation.

Website: www.cdactvm.in



Mobile based medical decision-support technology

Department of Community Medicine, Stanley Medical College

Highlights

  • The decision support achieved very high specificity and sensitivity (more than 95 percent in various cases)

A novel mobile phone based clinical decision-support technology for village health providers to improve antenatal care for mothers and child health. With this premise a team of doctors from Stanley Medical College (SMC) and a group of engineers from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka started working on a decision-support technology for health-workers.

With the ever increasing proliferation of mobile phones, the project has a platform which could be used to take away all the memorising and analysis out of the protocols by use of Information and communication technology.

The objectives of starting the program were to develop a decision support technology for village health workers (VHW), provide immediate management of illness through diagnosis, treatment and advice of referral to secondary/ tertiary care and use the generated data for reminder and alerts enabling effective patient follow-up, tracking andmonitoring of illness over time.

Website: www.stanmed.net



Text to Change

Text to Change

Highlights

  • A high response rate. The DED-TTC survey reached over 7000 people in the Lira district for health education by SMS
  • An uptake in HIV testing of 200 percent!

Text to Change (TTC) is a Dutch and Ugandan based organisation founded in 2007. It is dedicated to support and improve health education via mobile phones in Africa. TTC works on developing innovative mobile telephony based concepts in developing countries and is specialized in incentive based text message programs addressing health issues. TTC aims at creating awareness, collecting data and generating an uptake in health services by using mobile telephones.

With a four year successful track record, Text to Change brings both passion and senior-level Tech and innovative SMS service delivery experience. It does so through a wide variety of approaches varying from workplace based SMS programs aimed at changing sexual behavior, to data collection in conflict areas, to campaigning for improved school quality and reduced teacher absenteeism.

The objective of the study was to improve HIV/AIDS awareness and to increase the number of people going for testing services in Lira in order to increase the awareness of one’s HIV status and to encourage people to seek early treatment and care in order to decrease further HIV transmission.

Website: www.texttochange.com

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