Posted by Ryan Schwarz
Nyaya uses multiple “Web 2.0″ tools to facilitate our work in rural Nepal. Due to the challenges of rural healthcare delivery, most notably the lack of consistent power, using web-based technologies has greatly enhanced Nyaya’s ability to continue its work. In this week’s issue of the well-regarded medical science journal PLoS Medicine, we have published an overview of the use of such tools in resource-poor settings. We hope this article will help to foster further discussion about the usage of such technologies in similar settings around the world, and ultimately expand access to healthcare globally. As always, we greatly appreciate any feedback and input from our colleagues and supporters. You can read the summary of the article below or view the article here:
- The growing field of global health delivery is in need of technological strategies to improve transparency and operations research.
- Our organization has implemented several simple ‘‘Web 2.0’’ strategies while delivering medical and public health services in rural Nepal.
- These strategies help us improve transparency, receive critical commentary from outside experts, and compare approaches to organizing budgets, pharmaceutical procurement, medical treatment protocols, and public health programs.
- The platforms include quantitative outcomes data and logistics protocols on a wiki; an open-access, online deidentified patient database; geospatial data analysis through real-time maps; a blog; and a public line-by-line online budget.