Work - November 29, 2023

Jenn's Akuko Experience

My experience with Akuko as a novice data nerd has been awesome. Signing up on the Akuko website was a breeze as was playing around with the preexisting sample posts that showcase vital information such as colorful maps, charts, and tables. Health data, global population data, and indices are brought to life on the platform.

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Tech - October 27, 2023

From e-Chaos to sustainable health impact with FHIR

Despite remarkable progress in digital health, we believe the industry faces significant obstacles to greater impact if we continue with business as usual — and instead propose a holistic solution built around the FHIR standard.

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Perspective - August 20, 2023

Three Advantages of a Modern Data Stack for Digital Development

Managing data in the development sector can be messy. Development organizations want reliable data to assess the effectiveness of their interventions, aiming for continuous improvement and evidence-based decision-making. They strive to expand beyond traditional surveys and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) by digitizing operations and taking advantage of innovations like mobile data collection to gain better insights.

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Perspective - August 10, 2023

Analytics at AkiraChix: Mentoring the Next Generation of Women in Technology

Sharon Obanda, Samuel Mghendi and Sharon Otieno from the Ona team had an incredible opportunity to present to AkiraChix, an all-female tech accelerator in Nairobi. We shared knowledge and insights with the aspiring tech professionals and showcased our business intelligence software, Akuko, and our data analytics work.

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Perspective - May 10, 2023

My First 3 Months on the Client Success Team

Last fall, I was researching jobs on the interwebs when I bumped into a Client Success Specialist vacancy on Ona’s website. Having a background in Computer Science and building my career in customer support, this looked like my dream job and I was optimistic about the role.

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Perspective - March 10, 2023

Sri Lanka’s digital health blueprint highlights the power of FHIR

For two weeks in February the Ona team traveled to Sri Lanka to build and deploy a FHIR native app for diabetes screening. We are collaborating with the Health Information Systems Programme Sri Lanka (HISP SL), the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health, and the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF).

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Perspective - August 30, 2022

Ona at FHIR DevDays 2022

Back in June, I was part of the Ona contingent attending the 2022 HL7 FHIR DevDays in Cleveland, Ohio. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to visit the U.S., learn more about FHIR, and hone my FHIR skills.

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Work - August 18, 2022

Why the WHO SMART Guidelines and FHIR are necessary for universal health access

Half of the world’s population is unable to obtain essential health services or the typical healthcare services offered in large facilities. The rise of community health workers and community health service programs have been transformative, but they are at the limits of their ability to improve outcomes.

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Tech - June 01, 2022

Eight Reasons Why FHIR is Important for Global Health

FHIR is a data standard evolved from HL7, which pioneered the field of health data exchange. Importantly, since its introduction a decade ago, it has become the globally accepted standard describing how to represent and exchange health data.

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Perspective - April 04, 2022

Powering interoperability with a FHIR to DHIS2 adapter

The HL7 FHIR standard is emerging as an integral solution to the much discussed interoperability challenges in global health. However, there are many operational platforms that use proprietary formats and there is a large quantity of data “locked” in those proprietary formats. As new projects go live at scale we are building tools to 1) unlock

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