The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Tuesday, May 17 • 16:45 - 17:30
Leveraging Paper and Digital Systems for Health: ODK Scan FILLING

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Even with the marked expansion of ICTs in developing contexts, many rural and low-income communities worldwide continue to rely on paper-based systems for management of health goods and services. While paper is familiar, reliable, and inexpensive, these paper-based systems require extensive time and human resources for collection, aggregation, and reporting of essential health data. The ODK Scan application was developed as a bridge between these paper and digital systems, utilizing custom image recognition technology and a smartphone's built-in camera to automatically extract and digitize handwritten data from paper forms. Part of the Open Data Kit set of tools, ODK Scan is developed by VillageReach and the University of Washington specifically for use in low-resource communities and requires no internet connection. In field testing with community health workers in rural Malawi focused on maternal and neonatal health, the ODK Scan alpha technology showed accuracy rates of 83% for numbers and 96% for fill-in bubbles. Further improvements in data processing are currently being tested in a Pakistan-based field trial focused on monitoring of tuberculosis patients. (Preliminary data from that trial will be available at the time of the conference.) At its core, ODK Scan aims to create an efficient paper-to-digital process that can improve data visibility from the last mile and improve decision making at all levels.

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Rachel Powers

Associate, Information Systems, VillageReach
Rachel works in integrated technology support and implementation for global health systems projects at VillageReach. Her current projects focus on Android platform mobile tools and streamlining data flow in low resource areas. She has additional experience in international ICT policy... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 16:45 - 17:30 EAT
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