GOT DIGITAL?

REDEFINING HOW WE DELIVER

HEALTHCARE

GOT DIGITAL?

REDEFINING HOW WE DELIVER HEALTHCARE

FROM THE DESK OF

Dear Maverick Collective community,

It is quite a thrill to introduce you to our June ISSUE: Got Digital? Digital Health offerings have provided an opportunity to shift “the starting point of care” to wherever the patient is and bring us even closer to Sara.

This edition will get you up close and candid with the project teams and two members who have funded digital infrastructure that facilitates Sara to be in control of her health choices. 

We feature a transformational pilot project in Zimbabwe in collaboration with the National HIV & AIDS Council that utilizes an electronic medical record system to link healthcare facilities with Community Health Workers (like some that you met in the last ISSUE!). 

You will also meet the enthusiastic “Connecting with Sara” project team who share the winding and impactful journey on strengthening the digital infrastructure of PSI’s global digital health operations.

Sign up for Master Class, scheduled for June 30th, and enjoy the conversation on expanding digital health to bridge the digital divide so that Sara, who may not have access to the internet or a smart phone, can thrive.

 


Ready to go digital? Have fun with Heart Homework, where we explore the intersection between technology and health, give consumers agency over their health and bring us closer to Universal Health Coverage.

Indulge and get digital! 

My best,

CHRISTINE
CHRISTINE ODUOR, SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER
DIGITAL HEALTH & MONITORING
PSI

FROM THE DESK OF

Dear Maverick Community,

It is quite a thrill to introduce you to our June ISSUE: Got Digital? Digital Health offerings have provided an opportunity to shift “the starting point of care” to wherever the patient is and bring us even closer to Sara.

This edition will get you up close and candid with the project teams and two members who have funded digital infrastructure that facilitates Sara to be in control of her health choices. 

We feature a transformational pilot project in Zimbabwe in collaboration with the National HIV & AIDS Council that utilizes an electronic medical record system to link healthcare facilities with Community Health Workers (like some that you met in the last ISSUE!). 

You will also meet the enthusiastic “Connecting with Sara” project team who share the winding and impactful journey on strengthening the digital infrastructure of PSI’s global digital health operations.

Sign up for Master Class, scheduled for June 30th, and enjoy the conversation on expanding digital health to bridge the digital divide so that Sara, who may not have access to the internet or a smart phone, can thrive.

Ready to go digital? Have fun with Heart Homework, where we explore the intersection between technology and health, give consumers agency over their health and bring us closer to Universal Health Coverage.

Indulge and get digital! 

My best,

CHRISTINE
CHRISTINE ODUOR
SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER
DIGITAL HEALTH & MONITORING
PSI

MAVERICK BEAT

A deeper look at the work Maverick Collective and PSI are doing around the world.

Maverick Beat is a news-style video program that spotlights Maverick Collective projects.
Each episode invites you into the communities where PSI works and highlights the
impact Maverick Collective is making for women and girls.

EPISODE 3 | got digital?

Tune in to Episode 3 of Maverick Beat where, over the course of two segments, we spotlight Community Healthcare Systems Strengthening (CHSS) in Zimbabwe and Connecting with Sara, a project strengthening the digital infrastructure of PSI’s global digital health operations. You can explore more in the content below including English’s and our Member’s “journals,” stories from Sara, photos, and more.

You can watch the full episode below or each part separately:

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING

Improving Care and Services for People Living with HIV
in Makoni District, Zimbabwe

CONNECTING WITH SARA

Optimizing PSI’s Technology Architecture to Improve Sara’s
Health and Well-Being

JUNE 30 | 11 AM to 12 PM EST

MASTER CLASS

A live conversation with leading
experts from around the world

Each Master Class will begin with a short presentation followed by a panel discussion. We will close each Master Class with time to discuss and interrogate these ideas as a group.

COVID-19 proved the power of digital solutions in accessing healthcare. it helped people stay connected to care without having to leave the safety of their homes. 

 

Yet, roughly 3 billion people around the world lack access to critical digital tools that can save lives. especially in times of crisis. How do we bridge this digital divide, meet more consumers wherever they may be, and continue to digitally innovate?

In this Master Class we will discuss how to bring quality healthcare closer to consumers in broadband-limited communities while ensuring no one is left behind. 

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MERCY SIMIYU
Country Director, Kenya
VIAMO

Mercy Simiyu is a public health specialist with an avid interest in tech innovation for impact. Previously working with Komen Foundation, a breast cancer organization in the US, she helped ensure access to care for minority women and patients in the Los Angeles area. Mercy has also worked for AED-USAID in Liberia and as a Public Health Director for Lalmba in rural Ethiopia. She was also based in Kenya and supported community health workers across Africa as the Partnerships and Communications Manager at Medic Mobile (Medic), a global health tech company. Now with Viamo, Mercy has led the Uganda office and has been involved with Viamo-PSI collaborations in the country. She is currently transitioning to Viamo’s Country Director in Kenya.

With a passion for applying Human-Centered Design to tech approaches for positive impact within communities across Africa, her guiding ethos has been that innovation does not have to be app-based to change lives – she designs public health project workflows at Viamo with her grandmother in mind.

HELEN OLSEN
Senior Manager, Program Monitoring & Evaluation
MEDIC

A feminist researcher at heart, Helen is a trained social scientist working at the intersection of global health research and program management at Medic as a Senior Manager, Monitoring & Evaluation. In this role, Helen leads M&E efforts across programmatic strategies and works closely with colleagues on the Research and Product teams as she leads Medic’s Responsible Data portfolio. Prior to joining the Medic team, Helen worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as an Associate Program Officer in the Global Health division and at the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation as a Project Officer on the Global Burden of Disease Study. 

Helen is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and has a Master’s in Geography from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s in Geography & Public Health from the University of Washington. She has conducted ethnographic and mixed-methods field research on women’s access to quality care in Sierra Leone, India, Tanzania, and in the USA.

 

CHRISTINE ODUOR
Senior Program Manager, Digital Health & Monitoring
PSI 

As the Senior Program Manager for Digital Health and Monitoring at PSI, Christine Oduor oversees implementation of digital health initiatives in over 10 countries in Latin America and Africa. She is ardent about elevating consumer voice – working closely with other insights team across the organization to provide consumer digital insight leadership to inform design and implementation of solutions to increase access and personalized delivery of health information, products and services. 

Christine has over 11 years experience in project management and social and market research. She has a background in population studies and a bachelor’s in education from University of Nairobi.

MARTIN DALE Director, Digital Health & Monitoring
PSI

As Director for Digital Health and Monitoring, Martin is responsible for executing the institutional Digital Strategy focused on increasing access and personalized delivery of health information, products and services using digital solutions. In addition, he is responsible for powering data-driven performance improvement using routinely available data. He previously served as PSI’s Deputy Director within the Evidence Department, and has held other roles in the organisation including at the field level working as PSI South Sudan as a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist. 

Martin joined PSI from the British Civil Service, where he worked as a government Senior Policy Analyst for a number of years. He earned a bachelor’s in Development Economics and a Masters in Demography, both from institutions in the United Kingdom.

EXPANDING THE CONVERSATION

HOW THE DIGITAL DIVIDE PERPETUATES INEQUALITES

There is no doubt that the digitization of services brought forth many advancements including greater access to information, health, education, reduced costs of work, and countless applications which allowed us to resume most activities during the pandemic. Equally as evident, the digital divide reinforces existing inequalities in our society by adding an additional barrier to accessing necessary services. The digital divide goes beyond having access to a device and includes digital literacy, digital skills, and affordability of connection. Consider who is being left behind, even in high-income countries, when services go digital with the resources below. 

RESOURCES: 

JULY 14 | 12 PM TO 1 PM EST

UNFLITERED MOMENTUM

A GATHERING OF THE MINDS & HEARTS

Time to connect as a community in an informal, intimate space. Together, we’ll interrogate the projects, share ideas, and ask questions that have bubbled up over the course of this ISSUE. Our guest editors for this ISSUE, will be our hosts for the event.

HEART HOMEWORK

Dig deep and learn more -- in your own time and at your own pace.

POWER IN HER HANDS

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WATCH | DIGITAL HEALTH 101

Digital Health is generally defined as the intersection of technology and health. That definition applied gives us mHealth, telehealth, wearable technology, health IT, AI, and even robot nurses! With such a large umbrella, what exactly are we talking about when we refer to digital health? We hope these resources help narrow the definition and lead to better conversation.

– WHAT IS DIGITAL HEALTH?

– WHAT DIGITAL HEALTH IS NOT

READ | OPED: IS HEALTHCARE'S FUTURE DIGITAL?

Join Daniel Messer, Vice President, Technology Integration and Chief Information Officer, PSI and explore why Gen Z might be the last generation to remember always seeing a healthcare provider in person for a diagnosis.

LEARN MORE

PLAY | 3-2-1, CONNECT

Viamo’s 3-2-1 Service, a free Interactive Voice Response platform that provides information on demand to consumers on various areas including health, is live in 18 countries reaching over 1 million consumers monthly. It provides a great entry for PSI to reach Sara with relevant health information.

WATCH HERE & TRY IT FOR YOURSELF

Learn | The Community Health Toolkit

Introducing “caring activities” – Medic’s new principal metric and a better measure of all of the ways the Community Health Toolkit supports care today, and how Medic might support care in their next decade of work. 

– WATCH | GLOBAL GOODS: THE COMMUNITY HEALTH TOOLKIT( 8 MINS)

– READ |REDIFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO SUPPORT CARE

explore | digital health and uhc

From sending a text to find our nearest COVID-19 vaccine depot (mHealth) to having an electronic health record we can use at any doctor’s office or pharmacy (health IT), digital health systems and applications can give consumers agency over their health, and bring us closer to Universal Health Coverage. 

LEARN MORE

LEARN | EXPLAINING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

Many people believe that Internet access should be a basic human right: everyone should have equal access to the information and opportunities available from Internet-connected computers.
Unfortunately, there’s an uneven distribution in access to computing devices and the Internet. This difference in access is referred to as the
digital divide and is often due to socioeconomic, geographic, or demographic factors.

LEARN MORE 

read | WATCH THE GAP

How wide exactly is the digital divide?  COVID-19 laid bare the inequalities in broadband and mobile access, and highlighted the fundamental role connectivity plays in keeping societies strong and healthy. Here are the latest connectivity reports: 

– THE STATE OF BROADBAND REPORT 2020 (ITU)

– THE STATE OF MOBILE INTERNET CONNECTIVITY REPORT 2020 (GSMA)

EXPLORE | BRIDGING THE DIVIDE

The global reach of mobile phones has all the hallmarks of a success story. For many in developing countries, it’s often the only way to connect to the internet and access valuable knowledge, resources, and trade opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach.
But alongside this empowering potential lies a troubling reality.  

EXPLORE WITH THE LANCET

DIGITAL CONFERENCE | THE DHIS2 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

harnessing the power of DHIS2 TO ADVANCE CONSUMER FOCUSED DIGITAL HEALTH

During the Maverick Beat episode, our teams talked about DHIS 2 and how important open source and interoperable databases are to inclusive digital access. 

The global DHIS2 community to shared learnings and ideas, and to connected with the broader community of practice including technical partners, ministry representatives, implementers, and other key stakeholders to celebrate the impact and innovation of DHIS2.

During the conference, PSI shared how our country teams have been harnessing the power of DHIS2 to monitor user engagement, fast-track case reporting to achieve malaria elimination goals, and more through apps and chatbots that provide extensive support and care for our consumers.

Tune in and learn from our peers in the digital health community!