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In 2018, Medic Mobile released six significant versions of the core software, developed innovative features and workflows, improved infrastructure and performance dramatically, and launched the Community Health Toolkit (CHT), an open-source community to design, build, deploy, and monitor digital tools for community health. It was an inspiring year as our product evolved to keep pace with the programmatic needs and developments of our partners, making it clear that technology tools are no longer optional; they are integral to delivering care in hard-to-reach settings.

Version 3.0.0 - released in the final quarter of 2018 - was a hallmark achievement for the Medic Mobile team. 3.0.0 contains critical infrastructure improvements that provide better performance, easier software upgrades, and significant cost savings in hosting fees.   

This milestone prepared our team to release our core code and components as the Community Health Application Framework, the technical cornerstone of the CHT. In addition to open-source software frameworks, the CHT includes reference applications and design guides to help partners and users bring the toolkit to their own settings.

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In addition to 3.0.0 and frequent minor releases, we released five versions containing key improvements to performance, user experience, and infrastructure. 2.14 included a much-anticipated, user-driven overhaul of the app’s visual experience, with larger font size, improved layout and spacing, and attractive styling for important information such as task due dates and unread messages.

2.15 and 2.16 introduced integrated features to support crucial health system workflows: reporting information about deaths of patients and enabling sophisticated supervision of community health workers. We also developed a new style of writing application code and automated frameworks to test it so that app developers can easily produce high-quality configurations.

2.17 and 2.18 brought innovative feature sets to support universal health coverage (UHC) and the effective use of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (mRDTs) by community health workers. Designed and piloted with our partner Muso in Mali, the UHC features enable CHWs to proactively ensure that households have received at least two visits a month, enabling early detection of major illnesses.

Our Standard package, which contains pre-configured workflows intended to get partners up and running quickly and with remote support, was expanded to include an integrated child health workflow. With thoughtful design and attention, the system now supports integrated postnatal care, immunizations, and malnutrition workflows to better coordinate the health and development needs of early childhood.

Integrations with other tools are an important aspect of digital systems, and in 2018, we continued to make progress towards an integration with DHIS2, the leading district-level data tool used by more than 60 countries in the world. We also led a 3-day hackathon at the OpenMRS Implementers’ conference in Nairobi in December. At the hackathon, we successfully achieved integration between Medic and OpenMRS, passing patient-level data between the two tools.