The Community Health Toolkit
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The primary open-source project we contribute to is the Community Health Toolkit, or "the CHT". This toolkit is a collection of open source technologies, open access design, technical, and implementer resources, and a forum for our community of practice. We’re focused on community health systems designed to improve the coverage, quality, speed, and equity of primary health care. The CHT is being co-created by the community as an open-source project.
The software was created for people delivering care in hard-to-reach areas. The toolkit supports multiple languages and works with or without connectivity. The tools run on basic phones, smartphones, tablets, and computers, supporting people doing critical work in communities, health facilities, and management offices.
We're committed to developing open-source software, sharing learnings, and lowering barriers to adoption, scale, and reach for these tools. Medic Mobile developed the CHT’s core application framework, and has worked closely with a number of partners to develop and deploy reference applications that build on and extend this framework. Medic Mobile has always developed free software, but the organization is now focused on supporting a vibrant community contributing to a global public good.
Medic Mobile serves as the technical lead and initial steward for the Community Health Toolkit open-source project. We contribute code, design resources, documentation, and other assets, and also facilitate contributions from others. Learn more about the features on the CHT website, and read below for some examples of what can be built.
Community Health Apps
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The Community Health Application Framework makes it faster to build full-featured, scalable digital health apps that equip health workers to provide better care in their communities. Key user groups include community health workers, supervisors, nurses, health system managers, and even patients and caregivers.
The framework deals with health systems roles and reporting hierarchies, and supports five highly configurable areas of functionality: messaging, task schedules, decision support workflows and care protocols, person profiles, and analytics. The core features are flexible enough to support an exceptional range health programs and local care provider workflows. Every digital health app built on this framework deploys the core features in a distinctive manner, to support the needs of a specific local health system.
Health workers can easily access and manage the families and people they serve from the People tab. Profiles display important information, including demographic details, current and past health conditions with status, upcoming tasks, and history.
Decision support for health services
Health workers provide crucial services for people in their communities. The app guides them through different actions, such as screening for danger signs during a pregnancy visit or assessing, diagnosing, and treating a sick child. Actions can be prompted based on information about the health worker or person under care. They can include images and videos, conditional logic for decision-making and clinical workflows, and tailored results with next steps.
Integrated task list
Tasks guide health workers through their days and weeks. Each auto-generated task prompts an Action, ensuring that people receive the right services and care at the right time.
Visibility into progress and challenges
Health workers can easily view progress for the month against predefined targets, even while offline.
Tools for health workers using basic phones
In addition to apps that run on smartphones, we've built tools for familiar, basic phones work in communities with intermittent connectivity, leverage the most ubiquitous mobile infrastructure, and harness SMS as a communication and data channel. We pioneered the use of parallel SIM card applications for healthcare in 2011, enabling any basic phone to run applications for health workers.
SMS on basic phones
Text messages enable timely reminders and real-time communication between Text messages enable data submission, timely reminders, and real-time communication between families, CHWs, and health facilities, strengthening the connection between last-mile communities and health facilities.
Medic Collect for Android
Medic Collect is an Android app that extends Open Data Kit (ODK), an open-source tool. The app can be easily configured and deployed to users, and includes forms with skip logic, location data, in-app data validation, and multimedia support. Health workers or managers can submit data by mobile internet, wifi, or SMS.
Apps and analytics for managers
The combination of Community Health Apps and analytics helps managers provide targeted support for health workers and systems.
Views for data-driven management
Managers can easily monitor indicators for a specific health worker or groups of CHWs and compare performance against previous months and high-performing peers. They can also see progress for the current month against goals scaled to the current day.
Easy access to the system's data
On the Reports tab, managers can search, filter, and review submitted forms.
View of activity in the health system
Regional, national, and global managers can monitor trends for activity and submission rates.
A new level of visibility for impact metrics
Regional, national, and global managers can monitor trends for interim impact metrics and key impact metrics.