Jhpiego’s Approach to Digital Health


Jhpiego leverages mobile technology to improve the quality of care, affect health outcomes and empower people. Digital health solutions increase the impact of Jhpiego’s work in strengthening health care systems and developing local human capacity to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families. Jhpiego’s experience with digital health spans the last 25 years with support from U.S. government, corporate and foundation sources. Currently, Jhpiego is implementing digital health interventions in over 20 countries in Africa and Asia.[1]

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Infection Prevention Expertise and Mobile Mentoring

Mobile messaging and mentoring played a key role in shoring up the Infection Prevention and Control skills of front line health care providers trained in Liberia by Jhpiego during the Ebola outbreak. Nearly 40,000 SMS were sent to health workers as reinforcement and remindes of key knowledge and practices. Read More »

Highlights of Jhpiego's Work in Digital Health

Jhpiego provided technical leadership for the design, development and implementation of the SMSBunda project in Indonesia. Funded by the GE Foundation, this project seeks to provide expecting and new mothers with scheduled, timely information via SMS relating to lifesaving antenatal and postnatal care during pregnancy and the first four weeks of newborn life. SMSBunda completed the pilot rollout and entered its scale-up phase in November 2014.

In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) for Tanzania and Zanzibar, Jhpiego—through the MAISHA Program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development—teamed with D-tree International in 2012, to develop mobile phone applications for health care providers and community health workers. The applications include an electronic registration form, checklists, screening protocols to track fetal growth and maternal health, and education prompts.

In conjunction with the World Health Organization's Safe Childbirth Checklist Collaboration, Jhpiego's Maternal and Newborn Health and Digital Health teams are developing a mobile technology-based safe childbirth checklist (mSCC). Developed for an Android tablet or phone using the CommCare platform, the mSCC prompts healthcare providers to adhere to lifesaving practices for labor and delivery. Jhpiego field-tested the mSCC prototype using simulation in Guinea in early 2014 and testing with clients is pending.

The ePartogram combines the latest best practices in addressing labor complications and the existing clinical algorithms from the World Health Organization's paper partograph, and merges them into an Android tablet application and database platform. Jhpiego's Digital Health team guided the ePartogram team with the selection of a software company (D-tree International) to develop the ePartogram software. Software development and field testing are currently underway.