Connecting Health – Systemic M-health Solutions for Better Pregnancy and Birth Giving Care
The eHealth team of the Innovation Factory at re:publica
The eHealth team of the Innovation Factory, an initiative implemented by the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation, is a multidisciplinary team of health and IT professionals from four countries – Tanzania, Cameroon, Kenya, and Germany – which cooperates to support health systems in delivering quality health services.
All the eHealth projects developed under the framework of the innovation factory have been showcased in a separate session, “Connecting health – systemic mHealth solutions for better pregnancy and birth giving care“, during the re:publica media convention this May in Berlin, Germany.
What singles the team out is that the four country units do not work as individual organizations on the ideation process, but actually as a team within each country and across the countries. The advantages of such a collaboration were accurately summarized by Steven Macharia, digital health specialist from Kenya:
“I see this process in four words: communication, collaboration, coordination and continuity of care in a sense that if you look at all the fundamental challenges that we are all facing across the four countries, the underlying factor is really the lack of systems that promote continuity of care and which are powered by interoperability that is based on standards. I don’t think we are going to stop the proliferation of systems which are very different from each other; the fundamental thing we need to focus on is how to support continuity of care using standards-based interoperability.
We are learning from each other and using the resources very wisely. There is also a growing trend where there is a growing need for global or common goods as they are called, so that we reuse and improve rather than reinvent and recreate.”
“The problems are not the same but they are similar enough that we can have a joint voice and awake the policy makers to support these kinds of projects in the future better than they did in the past” – added Titus Kühne, director at the Institute of Computer-assisted Medicine at the Charité – Medical University Berlin.
This “joint voice”, that Prof. Kühne is referring to, emphasizes that these eHealth solutions “need political support, need minimum standards for building strong local solutions, we need to look at the systemic solutions that look at all the levels of the health system and also especially community health that has been neglected in certain areas, we need to look at the integration of systems rather than repeating solutions; creating a learning environment and sharing our ideas”, says the moderator Friederike Paul-Fariborz.
To learn more about the projects, please visit the re:publica website where the recording of the session is available at https://re-publica.com/17/session/connecting-health-systemic-mhealth-solutions-better-pregnancy-and-birth-giving-care.