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?
Health at the service of citizens, modern, agile, at low-cost and accessible to people. Is this a luxury only developed countries can afford? Imagine the possibility of the internet giving you access to your medical history; allowing you to administer your pharmacological treatments with an electronic prescription; allowing you to schedule a medical appointment without having … [Read more...] about Digital Health for Older Adults
A young woman in Mexico with Type II diabetes hears her phone buzz and sees a notification – “Rise in blood sugar detected – inject 6 units of rapid acting insulin now.” … [Read more...] about Three Impacts of Digital Health on Healthcare
Latin America and the Caribbean have experienced important improvements in key health indicators over the last two decades. For example, since 2000 average life expectancy rose from 71 to 75 years of age, and mortality rates for children under five fell by 44%. The region currently faces the challenge of maintaining these achievements and making further progress in health … [Read more...] about 10 Take-Aways on How the Region Can Improve Health Spending Efficiency