Executive Director, Deborah Theobald recently had the opportunity to be a guest blogger for AmeriCares Medical Outreach. The blog focused on how to overcome the barriers of capturing electronic data in low infrastructure settings. Read the full article.
Vecna Cares will be hosting the First Annual Human 5K and Robot Race on April 12th in Cambridge MA. People and robots will race on separate tracks at the Vecna Campus along with other fun events throughout the day. Money raised from the event will be used to support the digitization of medical records in the Trans Mara district of Kenya and to refine the design the CliniPAK Node. Read complete article.
Nidhi Subbaraman. Vecna to host robot, human races. Betaboston.com. February 2015
The Globe Magazine and The Commonwealth Institute partnered to honor those organizations with the most impressive records of innovation and workplace diversity, as well as revenue and employee numbers. Read full article.
2014 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts . Boston Globe Magazine. December 2014
Vecna Cares Charitable Trust and the International Rescue Committee worked together in creating the first digital records system for Ebola patients in Liberia in late 2014. Deborah Theobald and Emily Wang of Vecna Cares joined Dr. Wilson Wang, a senior clinical advisor for IRC’s Ebola response team in Monrovia to implement the system.
Details of the program were captured by Time.com. Read full article.
Alexandra Sifferlin. The First Attempts to Digitize Ebola Health Records. Time.com. 3 December 2014
Deborah Theobald, Executive Director of Vecna Cares traveled to Monrovia in November 2014 to deliver CliniPAK technology and a VGo Robot to an Ebola treatment unit being designed and built by the International Rescue Committee. The CliniPAK Node is a self contained wireless network designed to run off any power source to collect patient data that is captured on tablets using the CliniPAK software. Read full article.
Colin Baker. Fighting Ebola With Robots And An App Called Jedi. Fast Company. 8 December 2014.
The disparities in healthcare systems in Africa are as vast as the continent – especially when it comes to using technology for patient records. Even though primary health care is meeting basic patient needs in many African countries, the ability to collect data is often weak. In some clinics and hospitals, the paper records are kept in an exercise book that the patient takes home with them. Even though this process speeds up the problem of finding a patient file and eliminates storage space within the hospital, it means that the hospital cannot track emerging trends in patient visits.
In Kenya the Ministry of Health requires all public health care centers to file reports to the Ministry of Health to track specific disease. In the Transmara district of Kenya, Vecna Cares has managed to eliminate the paper based system, through the use of CliniPAK for both the collection of patient data and to auto generate the mandatory reports . Read full article.
Christine Mungai. The story of digital health records in Africa; let’s clap for Zambia, Ghana and Kenya. Mail&Guardian Africa. 3 January 2015.
Debbie Theobald, co-founder and executive director of Cambridge, Mass.-based Vecna Cares spent 3 weeks in Liberia and Sierra Leone to implement the company’s own CliniPAk hardware and software tools and a robot to set up a local EMR system to collect patient data in the Ebola Treatment Units. Read more.
Preparation is Over: Our Mission Begins.
As I write this, we are on our way to Liberia, heading for the Ebloa hot zone.
Four weeks ago, we were contacted by International Rescue Committee (IRC) about our digital health data capture system for low resource areas, the CliniPAK. The ability to share information between onsite providers and staff and, particularly between isolation zones within the compound is critical to their plans for their Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).
CAMBRIDGE, MA–(Marketwired – Sep 16, 2014) – Care 2 Communities (C2C), has partnered with Vecna Cares to improve patient care at the Camp Coq clinic in Haiti. C2C has installed Vecna’s CliniPAK, a turnkey healthcare IT platform with plug-and-play implementation and longterm data capture and reporting capabilities for health systems in underserved areas worldwide.
Deborah Theobald, Executive Director of Vecna Cares, was one of the judges of MIT’s Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon. Over 150 breast pump users, engineers, designers, health care and lactation specialists as well as educators collaborated at the MIT Media Lab on the weekend of September 20-21 to redesign the breast pump.