Technology for Maternal Health

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Using mobile tech to influence behavior and improve maternal health

This article was written by Janet Aika Matemu and Lindsay Sanders and was originally published on Devex’s website. In the past few years, Kenyans have become more connected than ever before. Between 2000 and 2010, mobile phone penetration increased by 200 percent. Now, over 88 percent of Kenyans report owning a cellphone. This technological shift is Read more »

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Moving the Needle on Maternal Health: A Twitter Chat

Did you join us for the Twitter chat yesterday, Wednesday, November 19th? We were honored to participate along with USAID, Merck for Mothers, and Pyxera Global to discuss how pro-bono partnerships can help “move the needle” on maternal health in developing countries. If you missed it, we’ll soon be posting a wrap-up so you can Read more »

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Using Technology to Close Gaps in Health Provider Performance Management

By Janet Matemu, Technology Manager, and Shalmali Radha Karnad, Clinical Programs Manager This post is part of our “Supporting the Human in Human Resources” blog series co-hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and Jacaranda Health. Healthcare institutions face three common challenges in managing the flow of information using technology: Access to financial investment Ability of the system Read more »

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5 Uses for a (Redesigned) Medical Record

At first thought, medical records may not seem like the most exciting topic. But, wait. There is more to medical records than you may think. In fact, as we wrote a few months ago in our first post on why and how Jacaranda Health is redesigning our medical records, “medical records are getting a lot Read more »

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Jacaranda’s Tech4MH Blog: Human-Powered Technology Innovations

Jacaranda’s Grace Lesser and Allison Ettenger recently submitted a guest blog with our insights about mobile health technology to the Maternal Health Task Force “Tech4MH” series. Check it out here and below. Tech4MH: Supporting postpartum family planning with human-powered SMS innovation Jacaranda Health, a social enterprise, has been providing affordable, high-quality maternal and newborn health care Read more »

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You Spin Me Right Round, Like a (Medical) Record, Baby…

Medical records get a lot of buzz these days. In the past several years the United States Department of Health and Human Services has heavily incentivized private providers to convert paper medical records to electronic systems. Providers in the developing world are tempted with promises of record-keeping magic bullets in the form of handheld tablets, Read more »

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Jacaranda Receives Health Enterprise Fund Grant

We are honored to have been selected as a recipient of the HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund grant. The Health Enterprise Fund, implemented by the USAID-funded SHOPS project, identifies innovative and replicable private sector solutions that increase the provision and utilization of quality health care services in sub-Saharan Africa. As we expand our operations in the coming Read more »

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Jacaranda Health and partner Population Council featured on BBC

We were excited to see Jacaranda’s maternity in Ruiru on the BBC. In a story entitled “Can a phone replace the doctor in Kenya?”, BBC Click featured Baby Monitor, a project run by Population Council and carried out in partnership with Jacaranda’s nurses and maternity. Baby Monitor is a mHealth innovation seeking to connect pregnant women Read more »

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Medical records and mobile phones for maternal health

As an organization dedicated to providing great care while being financially sustainable, Jacaranda Health is a strong proponent of automated health management information systems and electronic medical records (EMR), so called ‘eHealth’ systems. A good eHealth system will help us keep rigorous track of our time management, our inventory management, our money management – and, Read more »