We begin each mHealth project by getting to know patients and families, community health workers, facility based staff, data analysts and policy makers. It is only based on a rich understanding of local work practices that we can choose the right tool. Often a suitable tool already exists, but when our partners’ needs are poorly served by existing open source software, we build new tools to fill the gap.
Medic Mobile Design Cards are one of our favorite tools for human-centered design. We use them with community health workers, patients, NGO partners, and Ministry of Health officials to document existing systems as well as imagine new scenarios. The simple drawings and tactile nature of the cards allows everyone to get involved, even where language barriers are present. These cards have helped design systems for immunizations, antenatal care, stock monitoring and tracking diseases. The cards are perfect for designers, project managers, or NGO staff interested in getting communities more involved in program or product design. Purchase Medic Mobile Design Cards now.
Tools for Community-Based Users
Community health workers serve as the first point of care for millions of people around the world. These men and women provide their communities with basic health services, education, and referrals. They must often travel long distances to visit patients and are often required to submit lengthy documentation to the health facility. We often help them coordinate their activities by exchanging plain text messages with FrontlineSMS, or submitting reports with apps like FormHub and OpenDataKit. When we learned that there was no open source software to support data collection forms on the cheapest and most durable phones, we decided to build Muvuku.
Muvuku SIM Applications
Muvuku is an award winning platform for SIM card applications. By loading data collection forms directly on to the SIM card, you enable health workers to collect structured data using any standard GSM mobile phone. Learn more.
Tools for Facility-Based Users
Clinic staff and managers are often overburdened when it comes to tracking patients who have missed appointments, coordinating community based workers, restocking supplies and submitting reports to supervisors. We’ve used a number of messaging and data management tools to address these needs, but there is a gap when it comes to facilities that are only occasionally connected to the internet and that do not have the technical capacity to maintain complicated infrastructure locally.
KujuaLiteKujuaLite is a web-application for sending and receiving regular messages and forms, and also for scheduling time-targeted confirmation messages. We’re using this tool to improve health outcomes in the world’s most challenging environments by providing real-time access to community data, enabling faster communication and more targeted support to patients and communities. Learn more.
Tools for Data Analysts and Policy MakersWhen we set out to aggregate impact data from all of Medic Mobile’s 40+ mHealth projects, we knew we would need a dashboard that integrated seamlessly with our frontline data collection tools. We also needed it to work across programs and to be customised to organization-specific needs, more than is typically possible with national health information systems such as DHIS. We soon realized that many of our partners have the same requirements. We are currently using visualizations to monitor drug stocks in Mexico, and to monitor patient referrals and provide feedback to community health workers in Nepal.
Kujua Analytics is a powerful data analysis and visualization platform, designed to help our partners track operational progress, measure the impact of their work, and support decision-making. It works seamlessly with KujuaLite. Learn more.
Our Product Roadmap
The Medic team has been heads-down working on a release of Kujua v 1.0, our friendly, full-featured web and communications platform that will enable frontline health workers and clinicians to serve more patients and families through a variety of communication and data analysis features.
Kujua v1.0 will have a host of additional features supporting optimum communication between community health workers, clinicians, and patients, enabling greater coordination of care, easy event scheduling, and automatic notifications required to support a range of maternal and child health programs. With a user interface built especially for nurses and doctors in the world’s most disconnected settings, our goal is to make Kujua v1.0 a platform that every clinic loves to use.