News: Digital Health

Mali and Kenya Use Data to Forecast Health Workforce Needs for COVID-19
Ministries of health can strengthen and prepare their health systems to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by predicting how many health workers and hospital beds they need and where they need them. In Mali and Kenya, IntraHealth is helping the governments do just that. Together, we’re using data from iHRIS , Demographic and Health Surveys , and other national information systems to apply World Health Organization (WHO) models that help countries...
Covid-19 Is Not Gender-Neutral
As people around the world continue to face the effects of COVID-19, academic institutions and government policymakers are turning to data more than ever to understand the scope of the crisis, anticipate its spread, and formulate policy decisions. One example of existing high quality, real-time data is the Johns Hopkins’ COVID-19 dashboard , which has expanded as a data resource as the crisis grows. While policymakers and experts are relying on...
Leveraging the Power of Digital Technologies and Data Systems against COVID-19
How can digital technologies and data best be leveraged to support the COVID-19 response in low- and middle-income countries? Recent efforts to fight the pandemic demonstrate the incredible power that digital technology offers as we rise to face unprecedented global threats and support partner countries’ on their journey to self-reliance. To fight the spread of COVID-19, information is critical. Responders and decision makers need detailed and...
Strong Data Systems Are Crucial during Coronavirus
Data systems are crucial for health care all the time, but during a natural disaster, war, or pandemic like COVID-19, functioning data systems can mean the difference between life and death. Data help us know what the health needs are, what capabilities each nearby hospital and clinic has, and where health workers should be deployed. Essential for responding to a pandemic, these data help monitor the spread and intensity of disease and help...
IntraHealth International Urges Action to Protect Frontline Health Workers amid COVID-19 Pandemic
We at IntraHealth International are joining our partners in the Frontline Health Workers Coalition to urge action to protect health workers from on-the-job dangers introduced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Never has there been a more important time to focus on health workers,” said Polly Dunford , IntraHealth’s president and CEO, in Devex last week. “Rarely have they faced such danger on such a massive scale. We have an obligation to keep...
3 Things Frontline Health Workers Need to Battle COVID-19
We are entering week four of the COVID-19 pandemic, which also happens to coincide with World Health Worker Week. Never has there been a more appropriate time to focus on health workers. Rarely have they faced such danger on such a massive scale. We have an obligation to keep frontline health workers everywhere safe, including making sure all have the personal protective equipment, or PPE, they need. All over the world, we’re seeing reports of...
mHealth Tool Is Keeping Central American Clients Connected to HIV Care amid COVID-19 Shutdowns
In Central America, frontline health workers are using IntraHealth International’s mobile phone-based alerTAR system to let HIV clients know when, where, and how they can keep getting their antiretroviral therapies (ART), now that public transit and outpatient services in the region have halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These closures and shutdowns are leaving many clients unsure about where to pick up their medications and making it...
Three Early Digital Health COVID-19 Response Success Stories
Coronavirus infection rates are climbing exponentially around the world with over 440,000 confirmed cases and 20,000 deaths so far. Governments, donors, and health workers are scrambling to find digital health solutions they can use in COVID-19 response activities . While we desperately need innovative solutions now, we must be patient and : Avoid pilotitis that results in more failed ICT4D interventions Stop siloed systems...
We’re Moving Fast to Help Health Workers Worldwide Combat COVID-19
Today, as COVID-19 continues to invade our thoughts and lives, my mind is on frontline health workers. They don’t have the option to work from home, as many of us are doing today. They’re on the front lines as I write this—in hospitals, clinics, and triage centers around the world—putting themselves at risk to stop this pandemic. Now, more than ever, health workers need our support. Last week, as I began my new job as president & CEO at...
3 Ways Our Tools and Teams around the World Are Combatting COVID-19
It’s a whole new world for many of us this week. The US-based staff at IntraHealth International are working from home, conducting all our meetings online, and working fast to adapt our programs to help address the COVID-19 pandemic. For 40 years, we’ve known that frontline health workers are every country's first line in detecting, reporting, and responding to emerging threats. That's why we train and equip local health workers on disease...