Presented by:

Dr Oommen John has specialization in Internal Medicine and practices as a physician in India. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health evaluating mobile health interventions for Chronic Diseases. Dr John has extensive field level experience of health service delivery and has worked in rural hospitals in resource limited settings.

As a FOSS evangelist he led the design and deployment of a health information / management system for a network of 18 hospitals in India using opensource technologies. He contributes to the libre software movement and participates actively in engaging with the Government to adopt opensource technologies in the health field. He is a visiting faculty to leading healthcare training institutions and conducts training for students of medical informatics, pharmaco informatics and uses these opportunities to expose the younger generation to FOSS. He has participated in previous editions of RMLL and conducted workshops.

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Most people in low and middle income countries do not seek healthcare until they are very sick, resulting in a higher number of complicated cases putting pressure on the healthcare providers and resulting in huge costs that drives people into poverty. In India like in most low and middle income countries, there is a huge demand and supply gap and information asymmetry ( those who need health related information do not have access to it). We designed digital education tools that convey key health messages that provide information about the common non communicable diseases ( Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Disease) in easily understandable formats. We involved the communities that we were working with to provide insights into what kind of health messaging would be most relevant and acceptable to the people in those communities. We focused on user centricity rather than information centricity in the development of the tools. We field tested the tools on users mobile phones and incorporated the feedback to finalize the health information digital packages. We then used existing social networks such as womens self help groups to disseminate the health information digital packages. We propose to evaluate the impact of the digital information tools through qualitative interviews in these communities after 6 months of the introduction of these interventions. In the talk will cover the experiences of digital education in a setting outside of the conventional education approaches.

Date:
2018 July 7 - 14:15
Duration:
30 min
Room:
ESCARPE - Amphi Ortscheidt
Conference:
Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre 2018
Language:
English
Track:
Solidarity*Solidarité
Difficulty:
Easy*Débutant

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