UNICEF invited a group of leading mHealth implementors and innovators for a 5 day workshop in Kigali, Rwanda in early July 2012. The gathering saw technologists, health experts, ministry of health officials, and international development workers under one roof to discuss interoperability between key mHealth software solutions.
Currently, the mHealth landscape is inhabited by a large number of tools, standards and formats. Since the situation on the ground is so different from country to country, you can find numerous combinations of software, hardware and human systems at work. For mHealth to begin to impact on a larger scale, and to provide for the levels of customization required in the field, software needs to become interoperable; tools need to work smoothly with other tools, APIs for realtime communication need to be developed, and standard formats for data exchange need to be agreed upon.
After some initial context-setting, including introductions to the various mHealth systems, interoperability concepts and case studies from a number of countries, delegates began exploring how a broad set of tools might be designed to work together. The final two days of the week were allocated to technical discussions and a ‘code jam’ by software developers to begin prototyping the ideas they had been developing.
For further information, please see the full report and workshops presentations:
- Setting Context – Blaschke Kochi
- 1000 days – Payne
- Health ICT Functional Model – Stidham
- Rwanda HMIS system progress – Gakuba
- Mwana Anthrowatch
- mTrac Uganda
- Mother Reminder
- Science Fair Posters
- Government Perspective – Lutwama
- Tech Perspective – Stidham
- Alliance Perspective – Payne
- eHealth Uganda – Mukooyo