Health Systems Strengthening

eHealth and Technologies

Developing countries are often challenged with bringing together disparate data sources and types, including the distinct and competing requirements for data tied to external program investments. Application of secure information and communication technologies enhances the ability of decision makers and policymakers to improve health outcomes through health planning and resource allocation based on accurate, complete, relevant and readily available data.
Abt Associates works with clients – from the facility to the international level – to ensure that eHealth activities are sustainably implemented. Abt ensures that the appropriate governance and policy structures are in place to promote transparency while protecting patient privacy. Abt also leverages innovations in technology to strengthen country capacities to respond effectively to dynamic health systems challenges, whether they are tracking communicable disease outbreaks, monitoring health expenditures, or strengthening the health workforce with digital training tools.
Our work includes:  
  • Deploying innovative mHealth applications to educate isolated families, support and train health workers, provide program managers with real-time data, and integrate mobile money benefits in public health;
  • Building the capacity of the Kenya Ministry of Health to move toward a National Health Information System which will replace the many disease specific vertical monitoring and reporting systems;
  • Supporting the government of Georgia in developing an electronic health management information system that connects the government, health providers and facilities, the pharmaceutical industry, and patients;
  • Developing GxAlert, a system to electronically deliver real-time tuberculosis (TB) test results directly to the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health’s national TB monitoring and evaluation system, state TB control officers, lab managers, and patients;
  • Utilizing health-focused geographic information systems to visualize data and improve health planning, care distribution, and allocation of scarce resources in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Zambia, Vietnam, Yemen, and Jordan.
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