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VecnaCares' Leadership Team to Speak at Global Digital Health Forum 2017

November 27, 2017


Members of VecnaCares' leadership team are gearing up to present multiple sessions at the 4th Annual Global Digital Health Forum, scheduled for December 4-6, 2017 at the JW Marriott Hotel in the heart of Washington, DC.  


The theme for this year’s Forum—The Evolving Digital Health Landscape: Progress, Achievements, and Remaining Frontiers—captures the spirit of progress made in the past several years to scale digital health systems and also encourages us to look critically at the continued need for innovation, as well as integration, to improve health outcomes in a changing political landscape.


Catch VecnaCares at the following sessions:


It Ain’t Called Easyware: What is the Future of Hardware at the Last Mile - and is it Aligned with the Principles for Digital Development? 


Paul Amendola, Executive Director

Monday, December 04, 2017: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM


In a field that’s focused primarily on developing and scaling software solutions, this session will provide attendees with an overview of how hardware is adapting to and changing the evolving digital health landscape. Speakers from three leading hardware for development organizations, Vecna Cares, Simprints, and Fio, will share their experiences building and deploying hardware for global health projects – including field servers, biometrics scanners, and rapid diagnostic tools, respectively. Drawing from this cumulative experience, Speakers will share best practices, challenges, and lessons learned from developing last mile hardware, with an emphasis on how these uniquely differ from software. Each presentation and subsequent Q&A will be framed around the benefits and challenges of using the Principles for Digital Development in designing, deploying, and scaling hardware. The panel will be moderated by Autodesk Foundation’s Jean Shia, who will bring her own insights from the hardware field.


APPY Hour - Presentation of the CliniPAK during a Happy Hour


Abi Beaudette, Program Manager

Monday, December 04, 2017: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM


Vecna Cares’ CliniPAK is a rugged server that enables organizations to easily and affordably set up local connectivity hot-spots - be it in health clinics, schools, refugee camps, etc. The CliniPAK sets up a 50-meter diameter WiFi network that up to 100 mobile devices (tablets, phones) can connect to. Software is installed directly onto the CliniPAK and is deployed as a web service on connected devices so that multiple users can collect and have instant access to data. In a health context, this enables doctors, nurses, and staff to access the same, updated patient record on their own devices simultaneously. Designed for low-resource environments, the CliniPAK operates on 110/240 AC power, solar power, and car battery, and efficiently prioritizes power in that order. Mobile devices can be charged through the CliniPAK's USB ports, and multiple types of software can be loaded onto a CliniPAK, including DHIS2, OpenMRS, and CommCare. The CliniPAK is manufactured in-house at Vecna Cares’ Massachusetts headquarters and has been deployed to health clinics in several countries. 


Lightning Ted Talk


Paul Amendola, Executive Director

Tuesday, December 05, 2017: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Paul will offer a perspective on the impact of collecting patient level data through technology. NGOs regularly report big data numbers about the millions of people in their population numbers, the hundreds of thousands of treatments provided or children educated, and the tens of thousands of deliveries assisted. But how much of that big data is actually helping us do better? Paul explores the answers and how health information systems can help.


Interoperability in the Health Information System: Managing Data using Enterprise-Level Architecture


Mary Rocheleau, Director of Engineering

Tuesday, December 05, 2017: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Health information is often collected in fragmented parts by different information systems, in different formats, in different locations. Ideally, systems should integrate vital statistics registries, disease surveillance data and facility, community and program monitoring data with workforce, financial and management data to inform planning, decision-making and resource distribution. However the reality is that many systems work in silos with duplication of efforts. Effectively managing and using all the data collected by different information systems requires interoperability in order to create one integrated health information system. Come hear case studies from Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania on implementing enterprise-level data architectures to achieve interoperability and integrated data. This session will include a discussion about DHIS 2 interoperability as well as the important governance mechanisms needed to facilitate system integration.  The session will also feature the perspective of a Ministry official on the value of health information system interoperability at the senior government level.


Strategies for Sustainability: Transitioning an mHealth Project from Grant Funded Project to Government Owned Initiative


Deborah Theobald, Founder, Chairperson

Tuesday, December 05, 2017: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


In this panel, speakers from three different organizations will explore the importance of partnerships to bring digital health projects to scale. Medic Mobile will provide an in-depth look at the national scale-up of antenatal and postnatal care programs in Nepal in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Nepal. They will share experiences and learnings on government adoption and key implementation practices including training, support, mobile network partnerships, and sustainability planning that are key to digital health at scale. CliniPAK360 equips health care providers with mobile devices to capture, analyze and help diagnose clinical conditions. This collaboration includes Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Vecna Cares, Etisalat, InStrat, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, and State Primary Health Management Boards of several States in Nigeria. CliniPAK360 will discuss engagement strategies that contributed to the program's growth and its eventual transition to a state government owned and funded initiative. World Vision has sustainably scaled up operationalization of DHIS 2 to over 34 health facilities, including the remotest ones in Hoima district, one of the largest in Uganda. As part of this session, World Vision will share its experiences, best practices, strategies and approaches to enhance evidence-based health care and decision making, including engaging community, private, public and religious partners. 



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