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ICT4D@Penn Seminar Series: Phone-based Tools for Community Health Workers

November 3, 2011
04:00PM - 05:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, 19104

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The Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) Seminar Series presents:

Phone-based Tools for Community Health Workers

It is increasingly possible to apply computer innovation to improve aspects of health care delivery in low-income countries. In this talk, Neal Lesh will provide an overview of some recent efforts in ‘eHealth’ and ‘mHealth’ and discuss his experiences with implementing CommCare, a phone based tool for Community Health Workers that has been used over the last four years in sub-Saharan Africa and India.   Dr. Lesh will provide an overview of the tool, discuss challenges, lessons learned, and some recent successes.

About the Speaker: Neal Lesh is the Chief Strategy Officer of Dimagi, Inc, an award-winning, socially-conscious technology company that helps organizations deliver quality health care to urban and rural communities across the world. He received a PhD in computer science from the University of Washington in 1998 and a Master in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.  From 2005-2009, he lived in East and Southern Africa, working on information systems for projects including large-scale AIDS treatment programs, rural hospitals, and research projects.  His primary focus now is on the CommCare project, a phone-based tool for use by community health works in low-income countries.

About the Series: The Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) Seminar Series is a new interdisciplinary venture at Penn to bring together researchers, students, and leaders from all sectors who are interested in better understanding the role that ICTs play in international development, and the impact that they have on impoverished and under-resourced communities. The Series will bring together noted researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in the ICT4D field, and will provide a venue for the Penn community to explore this important area of work. The ICT4D Seminar is supported by the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Initiatives Fund, the Annenberg School for Communication, the Graduate School of Education/International Educational Development Program, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Programmatic support is provided by the Annenberg Center for Global Communication Studies.

Please RSVP to Laura Schwartz-Henderson at lsh@asc.upenn.edu

For more info, contact: Deepti Chittamuru at dchittamuru@asc.upenn.edu or visithttp://www.asc.upenn.edu/ict4datpenn/