Recap of 5/23/16 Event: Mobile Technology for the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

Here is a recap from our event on Mobile Monday May 23rd.  Many thanks to Microsoft for hosting us.

Speakers:

Dimagi CEO Jonathan Jackson
Partners in Health, Specialists Ermyas Birru and Aaron White
VitalWave, Senior Technical Advisor, Jonathan Payne

Some key use cases for mHealth are contact tracing over time, training health workers (quickly) in symptom identification, and data sharing across countries in a secure and legal way.

Introduction of a new technology during a healthcare crisis is generally a bad idea.  That’s why new tech usually arrives as a crisis is trailing off.  The reason is that it takes time for the people on the ground to determine what the requirements are (in the ebola epidemic, this was contact tracing).  Another reason for lag time is it can take time for funding to come through and then organizations to get set up locally.

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