28 November 2016: The Open Smart Register Platform (OpenSRP) is a software system that supports frontline health workers to electronically register and monitor the health of their clients. Using mobile phones or tablets, the system frees health workers from cumbersome paperwork and helps to ensure that every individual is reached with essential health interventions.
22 March 2016: A major obstacle to widespread adoption of mobile health (mHealth) innovations at scale has been the absence of guidelines from normative bodies. To address this lack, WHO collaborated with a team, which includes researchers from John Hopkins Global mHealth Initiative and the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research including HRP’s mHealth Technical Evidence Group (mTERG), to develop standard criteria for reporting findings from research and innovation implementation. This resulted in the mHealth Evaluation, Reporting and Assessment (mERA) checklist, which represent the first step in this direction – recently published in The BMJ.
Launch of mHealth toolkit to help innovators scale up projects for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health
24 September 2015: WASHINGTON DC, USA. A new toolkit has been launched to help mHealth (mobile health) implementers to successfully and sustainably scale-up their innovations. Going beyond other resources on the subject, the MAPS toolkit provides crucial advice that is understandable and immediately useful.
Lilongwe, Malawi – WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research including HRP, has launched two Digital Health products which aim to help improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. These are the mHealth Assessment and Planning Scale (MAPS) tool and the Practical guide for engaging with mobile network operators in mHealth for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. The MAPS tool is undergoing validation at the conference with an official launch of the final product planned in June.
WHO developing Guidelines for Recommendations on Digital Health Interventions for RMNCAH and Health Systems Strengthening
December 2016 - Despite the surge in digital health activities over the past decade, there remains considerable demand from ministries of health, donors, and decision-makers for evidence-based guidance and operational tools on which digital health interventions should be adopted to strengthen health system needs.
Current initiatives include a multi-site research study with ongoing implementation in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan.
This mechanism is managed by the United Nations Foundation, which provides the direct grant scale-up funding to 26 projects across 15 countries. Selected projects are ones that have demonstrated potential for scale-up of previously evaluated evidence-based mHealth strategies for improving reproductive maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH).