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Q&A: SystemOne CEO on data solutions improving health care in developing countries

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By Lisa Cornish

Software and services for SystemOne are increasingly being used in developing countries to improve the ability to diagnose, respond to and monitor diseases including Ebola and Zika. Chris Macek, CEO of SystemOne, discussed with Devex their journey and the road ahead for improved diagnostics in developing countries.


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