Utilizing open source medical systems to reach the next 33 million

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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 10:00 – 10:45am in B204

Excerpt

There is an increase in double burden of diseases in developing countries accruing from the rise of non communicable and infectious diseases. This situation is worsened by lack of adequate financing, inadequate infrastructure for delivering health care, low health literacy and inadequate personnel. Health information systems drive the global health agenda , and huge investments are continuously being made to bridge the digital divide to improve health care delivery.

1. What are the opportunities to effectively deploy open source technologies in developing countries?
2. How do we create ownership, partnerships and collaborations that support scaling open source medical records system
3. What are the effective design thinking techniques that drive development of open source record systems

Description

Kenyan consumers spend more of their shillings on health care. At the same time, 33M Kenyans lack any form of basic insurance, and are treated in ill-equipped and poorly staffed facilities. Kenya’s health sector faces enormous deficiencies in coverage and infrastructure. The use of medical technologies can provide an opportunity to build communities of practice to make developing health systems effective, sustainable and strong enough to sustain health care delivery.

We first summarize and discuss our experience designing and deploying openMRS in East Africa focussing on

1. Role of community based practice groups for EMR implementation
2. Describe the open source licenses and their impact on the development and deployment of open source systems including Intellectual Property issues
3. Describe and demonstrate our toolkit for obtaining information on ‘what it takes’ and ‘where do we start’ for EMR system deployment in developing countries including terminology dictionaries, and EMR standards

We will then describe our professional activities for
1. Mentorship and growing local developer network
2. Patient matching and record linkage experience using open source tools
3. Approaches to digitization of paper records to data and its transformation to information to influence health care policy

Speaking experience

Weekly mobile wednesdays at m-lab in Nairobi Kenya
Conference presentations - AMIA 2012, Medinfo 2013 - awarded best trainee awards
Lightning talks at pyOhio 2013

Speaker

  • Biography

    I am a medical doctor training in radiology residency with health informatics experience in SubSaharan Africa. MY passion is increasing effectiveness of health care providers through use of open source medical records technology , and improve quality of health care delivery in developing countries. My very first activity in the global health space was while as a medical student, visiting a mentee in the kibera slums of kenya (one of the largest slums in Africa) i found a great model to provide basic care to the people living in the slums – poor technology infrastructure, massive paper data perpetuated inefficiencies to provide comprehensive care for patients attending these clinics. This experience motivated me to get working on implementing openMRS, the largest open source medical records system in use in over 42 countries. I bring that experience to share my dream of building an large health enterprise of social entrepreneurship driven by open source medical technologies, including the value of building communities

    Sessions

      • Title: Utilizing open source medical systems to reach the next 33 million
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B204
      • Time: 10:0010:45am
      • Excerpt:

        There is an increase in double burden of diseases in developing countries accruing from the rise of non communicable and infectious diseases. This situation is worsened by lack of adequate financing, inadequate infrastructure for delivering health care, low health literacy and inadequate personnel. Health information systems drive the global health agenda , and huge investments are continuously being made to bridge the digital divide to improve health care delivery.

        1. What are the opportunities to effectively deploy open source technologies in developing countries?
        2. How do we create ownership, partnerships and collaborations that support scaling open source medical records system
        3. What are the effective design thinking techniques that drive development of open source record systems

      • Speakers: judy wawira