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Joel from Honexus will be in attendance and presenting in case anyone is around!
Are you attending the 5th International #African Palliative Care Conference? See important updates here: http://eepurl.com/caO57f
Ever wondered about developing software to help capture data or improve your efficiency? Work at an NGO or Social Enterprise?
This is your chance! We're testing our developers and want some ideas for new projects. More info here: http://honexus.com/?p=90
A terrifying worst-case scenario projection for Liberia and Sierra Leone (not including Guinea!); 1.4 million cases of the Ebola virus by January 20, 2015. With a mortality rate of ~50% that is 700,000 deaths.
On the other hand it is important to note ***this is only a projection and a worst-case projection at that***.
The best-case scenario is the epidemic will almost be ended by the same date (January 20, 2015).
With the United States Government committing 3,000 troops and medical equipment this takes us a step closer to the best-case scenario, although is not enough in itself. We all hope the international community increases its response to help.
nytimes.com A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Tuesday gave worst- and best-case estimates for Liberia and Sierra Leone based on computer modeling.
Today African Palliative Care Association & Honexus Uganda took a field trip to Gombe Hospital. The hospital is refreshingly well managed despite being in the resource-poor public sector. We look forward to rolling out some of our software next week!
Honexus thoroughly enjoys working with African Palliative Care Association (APCA). The enthusiasm and passion of the staff is undeniable.
Honexus and APCA have formally signed the partnership agreement to combine palliative care and information and communication technology (ICT) expertise to improve the conditions of those suffering from life-limiting illnesses.
"Our goal is to provide the best possible care for the patient and his or her family and give unparalleled transparency and accountability to our stakeholders."
Follow us and African Palliative Care Association to hear more about our projects!
Photo Credit: Steve Hynd, APCA
A sample of some hardware Honexus uses to help manage pharmaceutical stocks in Kampala - wouldn't mind one of these myself!
Met with Patrick Bitature, the Honorary Australian Consulate for Uganda, and Joel Bellenson from Simba Telecom this afternoon. Some excellent insights from both of them about business, information technology and health in Uganda. We appreciate your time and will be in touch again soon!
Productive meetings with African Palliative Care Association and we are excited about the upcoming projects and partnership!
Just had a great meeting with the guys from Honexus - we are looking forward to building this strategic partnership!
"See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil."
Patients have no easy method for reporting wrong-doings at clinics. Whether or not the higher levels of the health industry want to see, hear or speak of mismanagement, corruption or malpractice they are unable to efficiently research this information. We want to change this.
Read more in our latest blog: http://honexus.com/patient-empowerment/
Do you work in a health clinic in Kampala?
Would you like to hear more about health care software designed ***For Uganda***?
Send us a message on FaceBook or email us at [email protected] and we will send a representative to your clinic and answer any questions you have!
Honexus was started one year ago today!
A lot has changed since we first started and it will undoubtedly continue to change, but that is what makes Honexus different.
Read how our strategy and services have changed since 12 months ago here: http://honexus.com/honexus-turns-one-year-old/
Our thoughts are with the Philippines as Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan crosses the country. 315 kilometre per hour winds with 380 kilometre gusts according to the US military - Stay safe!
With high-capacity data networks such as 3G and now 4G LTE being installed it seems Lower Income Countries ("LIC's") are skipping expensive land lines and it is not hard to see why. The implications and opportunities of this are prominently in our minds when designing our software for mass-scale use.
honexus.com One of the pleasant surprises we have had since starting Honexus has been the realisation of how advanced mobile networks are in lower-income countries. While the hardware market for new laptops and desktops is struggling, the mobile devices market has exponentially grown since its first introductio...
What do you feel are the biggest challenges for your country's health system and how would you solve them?
There are only six oncologists (tumor doctors) in a country with 36 million people - 85% of whom live in rural regions.
This only starts to touch on the challenges a breast cancer victim such as Jessy - from Gulu, Uganda - faces. http://nyti.ms/16arHfQ
Help us raise awareness by sharing us with your friends and together we can improve the health and livelihood of those in need.
Honexus has decided to develop software specifically for the Ugandan healthcare sector. We had a lot of reflection over whether to use existing open-source systems, but in the end decided developing our own software was more beneficial towards our end-users.
The critical factor in the decision to develop our own software was flexibility; specifically flexibility of development, devices and delivery.
More details are on our blog post at http://honexus.com/new-software-development/
This is what hospital records look like currently at the top hospital in Uganda. Honexus is working hard to develop secure, low-cost and easy-to-use IT solutions to help improve the standards of health care in East Africa and beyond
Packing away some equipment for the our pilot at kyanja. My carry on might be a bit overweight...
Today Nathan went to Mulago Referral Hospital to see how the leading public hospital functioned. The conclusion is that it is in a sad state.
Literally hundreds of thousands of records going back decades are stored in shelves from floor to ceiling; dilapidated and old equipment is everywhere; patients are sleeping in open hallways on the ground; mismanaged and unmotivated staff are serving the patients.
Not even HR knows how many staff work at the hospital (a rough estimate of 1500-2000 was provided). There are apparently staff members that have passed away years ago that are still on payroll, while dozens have moved to other work.
Apparently there is a large IT upgrade occurring, but without proper management of stakeholders you cannot help wondering if it will even make a significant impact.
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I will be trying to record some video footage of my time in Uganda. Is there anything specific you would like to see?
Video diary style, 'reality' style,... I am very open to suggestions :)
[04/04/13] Travelling to Kampala and surrounding regions next week; a big update is coming soon!
We will be attending the International Workshop for e-Health in Emerging Economies in Las, Palmas Spain!
The conference is being held by GNU Solidario, a developer of a free health information system with features such as electronic medical records and patient management.
You can read more about them in our latest blog, but the crux of it is GNU Health is a quality platform that lowers barriers to entry. Having said this, there are still other challenges that health providers must overcome. This is where we will be concentrating on changing.
honexus.com 2013 will be an exciting year for Honexus and we are starting off with a conference in Las Palmas, Spain – The International Workshop for e-Health in Emerging Economies (IWEEE).
We have been working on trying to find a cheap and functional alternative for e-health systems. One element of this solution is the software.
Using linux (which is freely available) we can lower the hardware requirements significantly without compromising user experience too much. This leads to less powerful hardware (read: cheaper!).
Check out the size of the PC's we are testing now!
honexus.com Ranging from Intel Atom powered pc’s to a 1Ghz single core AllWinner CPU, we are trying to work out the most cost effective hardware that still provides a reasonable user experience. The MK802 II (pictured below) is currently our least powerful unit, but it is the most cost effective. For many of th...
Our website is live! We will be posting blog updates on the website to keep you informed. Our first blog is a short introduction into what we are attempting to do in Sub-Saharan Africa and explain in straight-forward terms the primary health care model.
honexus.com Welcome to the Honexus Blog! A brief introduction to Honexus is that it is a for-profit social enterprise that aims to establish and run projects that are sustainable and beneficial for society. We can tell you now that these projects typically involve IT systems and training.
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