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Meet us in Zambia at the ICT4D Conference

February 27, 2018

VecnaCares' leadership will present on the topic of Open Source Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) for patient-centered data collection and reporting at the 10th ICT4D Conference. The event takes place on May 10-11, 2018 at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC) in Lusaka, Zambia.  


Mary Rocheleau, Director of Engineering for VecnaCares will present Leveling Up: lessons learned transitioning from simple a reporting engine to robust analytics engine. This talk covers VecnaCares' partnership with Special Olympics to collect patient-centered data at major international events. While reporting on this data provides enormous value in one-off reports, an analytics engine is oftentimes faster, and more powerful in providing deeper insights and exploratory analysis. Knowing the value afforded by an analytics engine, VecnaCares and Special Olympics teamed up to transition from a simple database to a large scale multi-input data system using Microsoft Azure data storage.


This presentation will discuss the differences between a data warehouse and traditional reporting, as well as methods for determining the appropriate time to consider migrating to a data warehouse. In addition, this session discusses best practices and lessons learned in implementing a data warehouse in the context of low resource settings, including issues of data latency, the best tools for the job, and the benefits of of building a data warehouse vs. traditional reporting infrastructure.


The ICT4D Conference brings together public, private and civil society organizations from across the humanitarian and international development community. Participants share how they’ve used innovations in technology to increase the impact of their work. Highly interactive and hands-on, the conference attracts a diverse audience of technical advisors, executives, and others who offer a range of practical insights on applying technology to development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges.

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