Introducing the Community Health Unit Database Networking systems

Introducing the Community Health Unit Database Networking systems

Cameroon
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

MAHSRA -TECH moving African institutions to the next dimension with ICT networking parameters.
Introducing the Community Health Unit Database 1.0

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Lack of accessibility and a follow up control of patients’ medical records, difficulties in settling health bills by concerned parties for patients admitted in distant community health units, the enormous time and money involved in regular health control visits paid to distant community health units and the ineffective and/or poor health services rendered to patients in local community health units.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our proposed solution involves the development of an appropriate user friendly database software the community health unit database 1.0 that will serve to facilitate the accessibility of patient health and physician records, improve on health data communication links; introduce distant e-consultations and health bill settlements, improve on the medical ICT networking usage capacities of health service personnel and impressively facilitate distant central management procedures such as; work planning, follow-ups, monitoring and reporting including a dynamic staff assessment and development evaluation plan within a single health unit and amongst an aggregate group of health institutions
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The dynamic ICT networking parameters within health units is a system that operates at 2 levels cutting across all patient consultation information, physician analysis, the health units institutional work plans/reports and financial involvements from an installed database software. At the first instant, when the community health unit database 1.0 is installed within a health unit base, all the involved health personnel undergo brief capacity building sessions for effective usage and management of the system. At the second instant all subordinate health units using the system are linked up through a secured internet tunnel/VPN to their head quarters. The administrative headquarters then structures the received data to provide read only information for the entire networking subordinate health units within the system. The system involves dynamic evaluation forms for health personnel and the activity reports of the health units thereby granting the central administration a direct and regular access to the quality of health services provided by their subordinate units. Linked up to affiliated banks it also grants the possibility for third parties to settle patient bills for distant locations. Our major activities will involve organizing ICT health networking training workshops, regularly monitoring and evaluating the system performance from both the technical and the consumers view points and developing firm institutional partnerships with national health ministries.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Presently in Cameroon; the kick off nation for the project, there are currently no competitors. The national ministry of health seldom organize periodic health service field checks but our present initiative provides a medium for regular online networking checks. The project theme: “Fostering Dynamism and effectiveness in patient data keeping and distant financial service delivery/control for community health systems in sub-Saharan Africa” is an innovative venture we are introducing to the market in the quest to promote e-governance initiatives in Sub Saharan Africa. Only the banking sectors operate within a similar networking plat form. We are neither challenged nor moved by others but rely mostly on the user relationship with their affiliated banks so as to boost the initiative’s growth
Team

Founding Story

Initially after an online social networking site project development meeting held on January 30th 2011,I thought of the possibility of assessing and sharing actual constrains and health needs information directly with the local community health units through an online initiative network within vulnerable communities. With the conceived ideas at the back of my mind and as the CEO of MAHSRA, I scheduled a technical meeting and shared the new development initiative. During a 4 hours long deliberative meeting, we adopted the proposition for developing a dynamic database software for health units that could effectively link up and communicate the patient care and health personnel management activities/needs within a unique health institution and amongst a broader range of aggregate institutions. I then later delegated a software development analyst to some targeted community health units who then gathered for us the required information necessary to begin work on the database system
About You
Organization:
Modern Advocacy, Humanitarian, Social and Rehabilitation Association
About You
First Name

KELLY

Last Name

NGYAH

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Modern Advocacy, Humanitarian, Social and Rehabilitation Association

Organization Country

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Country where this project is creating social impact

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How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost.

Social Impact
Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

The goal is to build and institutionalized a cost effective patient data storage, health care delivery reporting, health personnel management plan and a facilitated distant health bills regulatory system through dynamic ICT networking parameters within local health care delivery units and major urban affiliated health care supervisors, geared at;
- Facilitating the accessibility of health records and drastically cutting down on the expense rates involve in keeping and sharing patient health data
- Improving on the control, privacy, security and health data communication links for patient electronic and medical health records within and amongst health units
- Facilitating distant e-consultations and health bills payments for family members and other concerned other third parties.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

The project is still at its development phase but up till date it has been able to train and employ 4 community youths on on ICT Networking parameters and changed the health management authorities' development views for their health health institutions

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

Through vigorous community youth training programs on ICT networking parameters for the community health unit database software maintenance and development and also via acute advocacy campaigns for the implant of national e-governance policies promoting effective healthcare management measures within the sub Saharan African states, in 5 years time I expect to have;
- Trained over 400 community based youths who have become actively employed professionals in the development and management of the health database system
- Installed the health database system and networked over 400 health institutions in Cameroon and also reduced over 75% of states healthcare follow up budget
- Introduced our program initiatives in over 10 sub Saharan states’ health ministries

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The sub Saharan African close government policies are our first hindrance for they may be very reluctant to inculcate e-governance policies such as our health unit’s online networking parameters for fear of external exposure of their corrupt practices.
The next hindrance is the cost of hiring highly qualified trainers to provide adequate training for the community youths towards the development and management of the system and also the cost of purchasing the start up equipments for the system within very poor community health units.
Also there is the problem of very slow internet connections in some areas, thus making it difficult to effectively use the VPN networking prerequisites for the distant communications

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Research, get development partners and set up a firm start up base for the project

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Send a professional software development analyst to targeted health units to analyse and carry out the feasibility study

Task 2

Organize meetings with the patients, families, health personnel and the software developers to ascertain the system need

Task 3

Build the community health unit database software and organise proper testing phases with the targeted health units

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Get both the government and the private health administrative authorities involved in the work plan of the system

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Organize advocacy and system show case workshops with influential health authorities to gain administrative sup

Task 2

Set up policy strategy proposal for the system and forward it to the national ministries in charge of health

Task 3

Set up a strategic online website designed to reach and influence other health sectors in sub Saharan African states

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

Presently we have developed a partnership consensus with the regional delegate of health, the senior divisional office of Mezam division of the northwest region of Cameroon and the Presbyterian health secretariat of Cameroon.
We have also forwarded the proposal initiative to the innovation price for Africa sponsored by the Economic commission for Africa and the Africa Innovation foundation

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?

Yes, we are currently targeting the Presbyterian health units in Cameroon.
Situated all over the vast territorial limits of the country, the over 30 Presbyterian health units in Cameroon play host to well over 100,000 admitted and consulting patients most of whom are often remotely situated thereby requiring the need of distant support from families and friends. The PCC health units also happen to be the most prominent health service providers for the less privileged/most unfortunate remotely situated populations in the North West and South West regions of the country.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

MAHSRA is a non-governmental institution that has strict governing rules and a constitutive body made up of a board, technical ad hoc committees and a general assembly of members.
Decisions prior to building and funding of her projects stems up from her board with the advice of the chief executive officer and the consultative approval of other technical committees. The board’s decisions are final and this gives the lead force to carry the project to its objective tail.
The technical ad hoc committees consulted upon by the board are often highly specialised experts in the initiative domain who carry out intensive research works to ascertain the feasibility of the initiative before granting their consultative approval to the board

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

We need large capital investments and development partners to be able to cover vast rurally situated health units; including a wider spread of internet connectivity and networking hard and software equipments. We are also disposed to provide research information on health needs and assessments in the community health units located at our targeted areas and more

Comments

KELLY NGYAH's picture

This Initiative needs investors for full realization and scale up