How a new digital partnership can improve health care services in developing countries

A community health worker uses MEDSINC to assess a child in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo by: THINKMD

CANBERRA — By combining medical knowledge with a data collection and analysis platform, a new partnership between digital health care support companies THINKMD and Ona is aiming to deliver innovative health services and support to people living in developing countries.

Through MEDSINC, Vermont-based THINKMD provides a mobile clinical assessment platform that enables minimally-skilled health care workers to gather patient information, assess severity of illness, and receive treatment recommendations.

Ona, a Nairobi- and Washington, D.C.-based vendor for the Open Smart Register Platform, or OpenSRP, supports the creation of a comprehensive digital health register platform that can be integrated into a country’s existing health information systems and architecture — and enable analytics of national health.

By combining the technologies of THINKMD and Ona, the two companies aim to seamlessly connect users to real time clinical assessment and monitoring data from field-based health programs to local, regional, and national health information systems — improving the ability for health care workers to assess and treat health concerns, including NGOs supporting health programs.

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    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.