When you have an appointment with a Doctor, one of the first questions will probably be if you are under any medications. For some people, this is an awkward moment, in other cases, patients forget the name or dosage of the drugs they are taking. When dealing with a patient that is not able to respond, the problem is worse. And what happens when two drugs have similar names? In … [Read more...] about Digital Tools Can Prevent Inappropriate and Even Dangerous Drug Prescriptions
Big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, data lakes, analytics - a whole new language has emerged on all things data in government circles. Some of this is genuinely exciting. But a lot more is overrated; overhyped, even. … [Read more...] about Finding Signals in the Data Noise
Nowadays the phrase digital transformation sparks either enthusiasm or cynicism, and either reaction can be backed by well-known successes or failures. In truth, by digital transformation we don’t just mean technology, but rather something much more complex: our ability to transform processes and work cultures in a way that truly adds value to the technology we offer for the … [Read more...] about +Digital, Advancing the Digital Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean
In the urban slums of Bangladesh, BRAC Manoshi, a community-based maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) initiative driven by community health workers (CHWs), conducts home visits to detect, prevent, and treat complications during pregnancy. While this programme has had sweeping successes in improving health outcomes, it is often challenged by the inability to accurately … [Read more...] about When to Use Biometrics to Improve Health
Have you ever been given a pet? If so, you didn’t have to pay for it, but its food and veterinary bills probably cost a lot. Using open source solutions in health is similar. It is incredible to be able to go online and find open source solutions for medical records, hospital management, telemedicine, and clinical diagnosis assistance, among other tools, by just downloading the … [Read more...] about Is Open Source Right for Me?