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History

2006

  • Larry Brilliant wins TED Prize





    Dr. Larry Brilliant, a well-known preventive medicine and public health physician with a strong interest in technology, conceived of the idea for InSTEDD for his "One Wish to Change The World" award at the TED Conference in 2006. During his TED Prize acceptance speech, Dr. Brilliant shared his wish to develop an early detection and early response system that would serve to warn the world of developing threats, saving more lives through earlier, more collaborative and more effective alerting and response.


    InSTEDD was organized in 2006-2007 to serve as a catalyst to empower individuals and organizations by using technology for more effective action in early warning, prevention and response to disasters and public health threats. The founder's vision was to build an organization that would help make the world safer by making technological innovations accessible to humanitarian and public health organizations working to conquer complexities of some of the world's most challenging realities.


    For his TED Prize acceptance speech Dr. Brilliant created, as a small joke, an acronym that contained "TED" and used the large red TED logo to build INSTEDD: "International Networked System for Total Early Disease Detection". Soon thereafter, his wish became our current 501(c)3 nonprofit (with a modified acronym) created with initial funding from Google?s philanthropic arm, Google.org, which was then headed by Dr. Brilliant.


    Larry Brilliant wins TED Prize
    December 16, 2010
  • InSTEDD founded

    May 2006

    InSTEDD was incorporated in the State of California with the goal of serving as a catalyst to empower individuals and organizations by using technology for more effective action in early warning, prevention and response to disasters and public health threats. The founders' vision was to build an organization that would help make the world safer by making technological innovations accessible to humanitarian and public health organizations working to conquer complexities of some of the world's most challenging realities.


    InSTEDD founded
    December 13, 2010

2007

  • InSTEDD participates in Golden Shadow

    November 2007

    InSTEDD participates in Golden Shadow exercise, a public health/humanitarian response demonstration performed with local organizations near InSTEDD's headquarters in California. This is an event held in parallel with the larger State of California exercise called Golden Guardian.


    InSTEDD participates in Golden Shadow
    December 13, 2010
  • Mekong Collaboration Program established

    November 2007

    The Mekong Collaboration Program is established with funding from Google.org & Rockefeller Foundation to support Mekong region countries and the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance (MBDS) Network.

    Mekong Collaboration Program established
    December 13, 2010
  • Published Influenza Pandemic Preparedness and Response Manual

    July 2007

    Published and distributed Influenza Pandemic Preparedness and Response A Citizen's Guide (Flu Manual).


    Published Influenza Pandemic Preparedness and Response Manual
    December 13, 2010
  • InSTEDD is awarded non-profit status by the US Government

    June 2007

    InSTEDD is awarded non-profit status by the US Government.

    InSTEDD is awarded non-profit status by the US Government
    December 13, 2010

2008

  • Avian Influenza Exercise using GeoChat

    November 2008

    First time use of GeoChat for a simulation exercise of Avian Influenza outbreak in Steung Treng Provence, Cambodia.

    Avian Influenza Exercise using GeoChat
    January 31, 2011
  • Agreement to start working in Mukdahan (Thailand) with ChangeFusion

    November 2008

    Agreement to start working in Mukdahan, Thailand, a key MBDS cross-border site with ChangeFusion as the implementing partner in Thailand.

    Agreement to start working in Mukdahan (Thailand) with ChangeFusion
    December 14, 2010
  • Agreement to start working in Mukdahan, Thailand, a key MBDS cross-border site

    November 2008

    Agreement to start working in Mukdahan, Thailand, a key MBDS cross-border site.

    Agreement to start working in Mukdahan, Thailand, a key MBDS cross-border site
    December 14, 2010
  • ChangeFusion is identified as implementing partner in Thailand

    November 2008

    ChangeFusion is identified as implementing partner in Thailand.

    ChangeFusion is identified as implementing partner in Thailand
    December 13, 2010
  • Decided to establish iLab (Innovation Lab) in Cambodia

    August 2008

    Under the guidance of Dr. Dennis Israelski, field visits to several of the Mekong Basin countries are completed and the decision is made to establish an innovation laboratory for field work in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

    Decided to establish iLab (Innovation Lab) in Cambodia
    December 13, 2010

2009

  • Mesh4X and Epi Info Demo for US CDC

    March 2009

    We described an application of a light-weight synchronization platform for public health based on cloud computing and peer-to-peer architectures (Mesh4X). The significant value is demonstrated where epidemiologists can rapidly stand up a collaborative environment for data exchange and system interoperability, especially during outbreak investigation or responding to a disaster while operating in austere conditions.

    Mesh4X and Epi Info Demo for US CDC
    January 31, 2011
  • GeoChat tested in Thailand's Mukdahan province by ChangeFusion

    February 2009

    ChangeFusion starts working in Thailand's Mukdahan province, testing GeoChat and assessing needs.

    GeoChat tested in Thailand's Mukdahan province by ChangeFusion
    December 14, 2010
  • Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Network (MBDS) officially adopts GeoChat at a regional ICT strategy workshop

    April 2009


    • InSTEDD participates in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) forum with the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance network (MBDS). MBDS officially adopts GeoChat as a critical tool to support its mission to "build on past achievements to further enhance national and regional disease prevention and control".

    • Global H1N1 (a.k.a. Swine Flu) outbreak announced.

    Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Network (MBDS) officially adopts GeoChat at a regional ICT strategy workshop
    December 14, 2010
  • Cambodia uses GeoChat for H1N1 outbreak and other key diseases

    May 2009


    • Cambodia starts using GeoChat with 100 staff to support information sharing related to the H1N1 virus (swine flu).

    • Cambodia Center for Disease Control (CDC) uses GeoChat to send updates and information to Rapid Response Teams, starting with H1N1 alerting. As of mid-2010, the Cambodia CDC is continuing to use GeoChat for surveillance and response to outbreaks of acute diarrheal diseases.

    Cambodia uses GeoChat for H1N1 outbreak and other key diseases
    December 14, 2010
  • Agreement with MoH and NCHADS to develop an appointment reminder system for patients attending OI/ART clinics in Cambodia

    September 2009

    InSTEDD begins development of an appointment reminder system in partnership with Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation and the Cambodian Ministry of Health (MoH) and NCHADS. Pilot sites begin in the Siem Reap and Battambong provinces of Cambodia.


    Agreement with MoH and NCHADS to develop an appointment reminder system for patients attending OI/ART clinics in Cambodia
    December 14, 2010
  • Health centers in Mukdahan, Thailand pilot GeoChat for ILI surveillance

    October 2009

    Health centers in Mukdahan, Thailand pilot GeoChat for influenza-like illness (ILI) surveillance and other surveillance and response priorities.

    Health centers in Mukdahan, Thailand pilot GeoChat for ILI surveillance
    December 14, 2010
  • Savannakhet Provincial Health Department (Lao PDR) starts using GeoChat

    December 2009

    MBDS cross-border site at the Savannakhet Provincial Health Department (PHD) starts using GeoChat to test for group communication improvement.


    Savannakhet Provincial Health Department (Lao PDR) starts using GeoChat
    December 14, 2010

2010

  • Mekong ICT Camp: Chaing Mai, Thailand

    Director of Platform Engineering, Nicolas di Tada, was joined by developers from the iLab Latin America (Martin Verzilli and Ary Borenszweig).  The three of them shared their experiences on the human-centered/user-oriented design of information systems in developing countries.  


    Mekong ICT Camp: Chaing Mai, Thailand
    July 05, 2013
  • Watchfire with American Red Cross and Cisco

    In October of 2010,  InSTEDD was awarded a seed grant from Cisco Systems for the development of a program to support public safety, self reliance, and situational awareness during a public crisis in the Bay Area.


     


    In 2011, InSTEDD designed, developed, and pilot tested an emergency response team assembly tool called Watchfire, to help the American Red Cross (ARC) improve their community level disaster response in the San Francisco Bay Area. Working closely with the ARC on a needs assessment, we learned that their highest priority was improving the speed and coordination of ARC’s Disaster Action Teams (DATs). Using an agile development process that involved the ARC in the cycle of building better and better technical solutions, we developed Watchfire, a simple and yet powerful system that initiates and tracks the process of building a volunteer response team with people who are geographically close to each other through phone calls and text messages. InSTEDD’s commitment to Open Architecture (1 of our 3 basic principles) and the ability to scale our tools enabled Watchfire to be used through a customized version of Verboice


     


    LINKS: 


    http://instedd.org/watchfire/


    http://instedd.org/blog/watchfire-video/


    http://ndt.instedd.org/2011/09/live-recruiting-of-volunteers-through.html 


     


     

    Watchfire with American Red Cross and Cisco
    October 17, 2011
  • Thai Bureau of Epidemiology (BOE) starts using GeoChat for ILI hospital surveillance systems

    January 2010

    Thai Bureau of Epidemiology (BOE) starts using GeoChat to send out alerts and reminders as part of their nationwide influenza-like illness hospital surveillance system.

    Thai Bureau of Epidemiology (BOE) starts using GeoChat for ILI hospital surveillance systems
    December 14, 2010
  • InSTEDD team goes to Haiti to deploy EIS

    January 2010

    At the request of Thomson Reuters Foundation InSTEDD deploys Dr. Rasmussen and Director of Platform Engineering, Nicolas di Tada, to Haiti to deploy the AlertNet Emergency Information System.

    InSTEDD team goes to Haiti to deploy EIS
    December 14, 2010
  • GeoChat shortens detection and response times for public health responders during a serious dengue outbreak

    January 2010

    Mukdahan starts using GeoChat to support a serious dengue outbreak -- validates InSTEDD's approach to focus on multi-use tools.


    GeoChat shortens detection and response times for public health responders during a serious dengue outbreak
    December 14, 2010
  • Shortcode for GeoChat announced in Thailand as a partnership between DTAC, ChangeFusion and InSTEDD

    January 2010

    Shortcode for GeoChat announced in Thailand as a partnership between DTAC, ChangeFusion and InSTEDD.

    Shortcode for GeoChat announced in Thailand as a partnership between DTAC, ChangeFusion and InSTEDD
    December 14, 2010
  • InSTEDD participates in the first Bar Camp Yangon (Myanmar)

    January 2010

    InSTEDD participates in the first Bar Camp Yangon (Myanmar) -- at that point the largest Bar Camp in history with more than 3,000 participants.

    InSTEDD participates in the first Bar Camp Yangon (Myanmar)
    December 14, 2010
  • ChangRai and its counterpart Bokeo, Lao PDR start using GeoChat

    January 2010

    ChangeFusion adds a second MBDS site in Thailand -- ChangRai and its counterpart Bokeo, Lao PDR -- to test GeoChat.


    ChangRai and its counterpart Bokeo, Lao PDR start using GeoChat
    December 14, 2010
  • GeoChat used to strengthen Thailand's ILI surveillance

    February 2010

    ChangeFusion works with the Thai Bureau of Epidemiology to strengthen a nation-wide 800-hospital based Influenza Like Illness (ILI) surveillance effort using SMS alerts/reminders through GeoChat.

    GeoChat used to strengthen Thailand's ILI surveillance
    December 14, 2010
  • Web-based MBDS Scorecard is released to MBDS in partnership with RAND

    March 2010

    First iteration of the InSTEDD developed web-based MBDS Scorecard (which tracks MBDS progress towards their goals) is released to MBDS in partnership with RAND.

    Web-based MBDS Scorecard is released to MBDS in partnership with RAND
    December 14, 2010
  • Official launching ceremony of NCHADS Appointment Reminder System

    April 2010

    Official launching ceremony of NCHADS Appointment Reminder System.

    Official launching ceremony of NCHADS Appointment Reminder System
    December 14, 2010
  • Shortcode announced between InSTEDD and SMART mobile in Cambodia

    April 2010

    First general use shortcode announced between InSTEDD and SMART mobile in Cambodia to support GeoChat deployments and local innovation.

    Shortcode announced between InSTEDD and SMART mobile in Cambodia
    December 14, 2010
  • GeoChat tested and deployed in Mekong region

    April - May 2010

    Many exciting GeoChat events took place this month, including:


    • GeoChat fully translated into Lao language.

    • InSTEDD deploys GeoChat at the provincial level in Cambodia.

    • Bokeo Provincial Health Department (MBDS Cross-border site) started using GeoChat to support basic communication among provincial health staff and hospitals.

    • Kampot Provincial Health Department (PHD) tested GeoChat for group communication.

    • Kandal Provincial Health Department (PHD) started using GeoChat to support information-sharing between operational districts and health centers, as well as other communication needs.

    • MBDS cross-border site in the ChiangRai, Thailand Province uses GeoChat to support communication with Surveillance and Rapid Response Teams (SRRTs), village health volunteers, livestock staff, provincial health staff and emergency medical response teams.

    GeoChat tested and deployed in Mekong region
    December 14, 2010
  • Office of Global AIDS Coordination announces PEPfAR-sponsored initiative "Health Informatics Public Private Partnership" with InSTEDD as part of the founding management team

    May 2010

    Office of Global AIDS Coordination Announces PEPfAR-sponsored initiative "Health Informatics Public Private Partnership" with InSTEDD as part of the founding management team.

    Office of Global AIDS Coordination announces PEPfAR-sponsored initiative "Health Informatics Public Private Partnership" with InSTEDD as part of the founding management team
    December 14, 2010
  • The "Reporting Wheel" is designed and implemented

    July 2010

    InSTEDD designs and implements the innovative "Reporting Wheel" to support formal reporting of diseases from health centers in Mukdahan, Thailand.


    The "Reporting Wheel" is designed and implemented
    December 14, 2010

2011

  • OpenMRS Meeting in Rwanda Attended by Channe of iLab Southeast Asia

    In October 2011, Channe Suy, product manager at iLab Southeast Asia traveled to Rwanda to participate in the OpenMRS community’s annual Implementers Meeting for five days of collaboration, sharing of implementation experiences and working together to improve OpenMRS. Channe was invited to the conference because the iLab Southeast Asia and InSTEDD have worked closely with the OpenMRS system, contributing code and design expertise for the mobile integration of medical records. Additionally, in partnership with the Ministry of Health Cambodia, the iLab Southeast Asia is prototyping systems addressing maternal-transmission of HIV on the OpenMRS system. Channe addressed how iLab Southeast Asia was using OpenMRS and the similarities between Rwanda and Cambodia in her conference talk.  You can read more about her experiences here.

    OpenMRS Meeting in Rwanda Attended by Channe of iLab Southeast Asia
    July 05, 2013
  • Watchfire: A Collaboration with The Red Cross and Cisco


    As October rolled around, we were awarded a seed grant from Cisco Systems for the development of a program to support shared safety, self reliance and situational awareness during a public crisis in the Bay Area.  For this project, we worked with the Red Cross to design, develop and test an emergency response team assembly tool called Watchfire.

    Watchfire: A Collaboration with The Red Cross and Cisco
    July 05, 2013
  • Eliminating Malaria Through The iLab Southeast Asia's Malaria Day Zero Collaboration

    August 2011 was a busy month for iLab Southeast Asia.  First came the trainings for health care workers in the Kampot province of Cambodia on the Malaria Day Zero web application with SMS text messaging for reporting of malaria cases. Village health care workers were also trained on the system and provided with a solar cell and mobile phone in order to employ the reporting system.  Also in August, iLab Southeast Asia set out to cut down on the current time of 1-2 weeks for obtaining TB test results.  And thus the Lab Result Alert System was developed. 


     


     

    Eliminating Malaria Through The iLab Southeast Asia's Malaria Day Zero Collaboration
    July 05, 2013
  • TEDxPhnomPenh: Channe, from iLab Southeast Asia Presents on Local Innovation for Social Impact


    Channe Suy, Product Manager at the iLab Southeast Asia spoke at the TEDxPhnom Penh event about creating sustainability through building local capacity. Channe emphasized to the audience that no one knows a problem better than the local people who experience it and therefore are the best people to lead the design and development of building solutions. Channe said:



    I think Cambodians have a lot to share with the world and the TEDxPhnom Penh event was an important opportunity, not only for me, but for all Cambodians to come together to share knowledge and build support for each other.


    This event is a step forward for Cambodians to share their ideas and knowledge with the world. Unfortunately, under TEDxPhnomPenh license were only accommodate 100 people, but I think people were inspired by the idea that TEDx represented. The Cambodians I spoke to were so passionate about sharing their ideas because they felt it was supporting both the individual and national development process. I will be volunteering to be part of organizing Khmer Talks, an event similar to TEDxPP that takes place in the local language to specifically target Khmer audiences. The first event will be taking place in May and I’m honored to participate!


     

     



    TEDxPhnomPenh: Channe, from iLab Southeast Asia Presents on Local Innovation for Social Impact
    July 05, 2013
  • UN-SPIDER Initiative

    In November 2011, InSTEDD participated in the second expert meeting of the United Nations’s Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (SPIDER) initiative.  The focus of this meeting in Geneva, Switzerland surrounded Crowdsource Mapping for Preparedness and Emergency Response.




    Attending alongside InSTEDD were more than 70 leading experts representing crowdsource communities, space and remote sensing agencies, disaster management communities, NGOs, private companies, and regional and international organizations.


     


    The UN-SPIDER program was established in 2006 in order to, "ensure that all countries and international and regional organizations have access to and develop the capacity to use all types of space-based information to support the full disaster management cycle."




    LINKS:


    http://www.un-spider.org/category/tagging/instedd

    UN-SPIDER Initiative
    October 12, 2012
  • Launched Pollit: Real Time Poll Collections

    In November 2011, we launched a new tool called Pollit


    Pollit is a free, open-source tool for conducting polls using text messages. Step-by-step, Pollit guides participants through polls and collects real-time results. Pollit shrinks the gap between audiences and pollers, taking the pulse of the people anytime and anywhere there's mobile phone service.


     


    BLOGS


     


    http://instedd.org/blog/introducing-pollit/


     


    POLLIT WEBSITE:
    Learn more about Pollit here: pollit.instedd.org

    Launched Pollit: Real Time Poll Collections
    October 12, 2012
  • Launched Remindem: SMS based Reminders

    In October 2011, we launched a new tool called Remindem


     


    This tool lets you set up a schedule of tips, reminders or messages that will be sent via SMS to list subscribers. Like all of our tools, they can be used individually or paired with other tools to create more complete solutions.


     


    Health care providers, professors or individuals can set up a system of unique, scheduled reminders which will be sent out via text message to subscribers. We imagine that applications of Remindem will vary across countries and communities, but it could look like a schedule of text messages for HIV prevention and safer sex tips for high risk communities or a set of appointment reminders, pre-natal development milestones and suggestions for eating healthy that a health care provider offers to all expecting mothers. 


     


    The possibilities are endless, only limited by your imagination! Remindem is not only free and open source but also integrates easily with many other technologies in our tool kit


     


    BLOGS


    http://instedd.org/blog/why-we-love-remindem/


     


    REMINDEM WEBSITE:
    Learn more about Remindem here: remindem.instedd.org

    Launched Remindem: SMS based Reminders
    October 12, 2012
  • Launched Verboice: Interactive Voice Response System

    In April 2011, we launched a new tool called Verboice.  This interactive voice response system tool  transcends language and literacy barriers by allowing anyone to create and run applications that interact via voice. This program enables users to listen and record messages in their own language and dialect.


     


    VERBOICE IN DEVELOPMENT:
    http://ndt.instedd.org/2011/11/verboice-listen-and-respond-to-voice-of.html


     


    PROJECTS USING VERBOICE
    Currently, Verboice is being used for Watchfire and Baby Monitor


     


    VERBOICE WEBSITE:
    Learn more about Verboice here: verboice.instedd.org

    Launched Verboice: Interactive Voice Response System
    October 12, 2012
  • TrueBites wins the Ashoka Changemakers Citizen Media Competition


    November 2011


    InSTEDD was honored to have the iLab Latin America idea be chosen as a finalist in the Ashoka Changemakers Citizen Media competition. TrueBites was an idea for a “new kind of news“ network where information is broken down into small bites that are brought together to create a multi-perspective story.  In this multi-perspective story, the whole act of creation, curation, validation, verification and edition can be decentralized and set completely free of boundaries and roles.




    TrueBites was one of four winners!  A sincere thank you to everyone that supported this innovative idea from iLab Latin America.   


     


    BLOGS


    http://ndt.instedd.org/2011/10/new-kind-of-news.html


    http://ndt.instedd.org/2011/11/truebites-wins-ashoka-changemakers.html 

    http://instedd.org/blog/citizen-media/ 


    http://blog.ilabamericalatina.org/2011/12/truebites-nuestra-idea-de-plataforma-de.html (Spanish) 


    BIT BUCKET:


    https://bitbucket.org/instedd/truebites


     


    ASHOKA CHANGEMAKERS:


    http://www.changemakers.com/citizenmedia/entries/truebites


     


     


     


     


     


     

    TrueBites wins the Ashoka Changemakers Citizen Media Competition
    October 12, 2012
  • InSTEDD Awarded Grant by the Salesforce Foundation

    The Salesforce Foundation gave a grant to InSTEDD for the development of a collaboration application that would facilitate the smooth coordination of information and resources during a disaster.  Such a tool would enable an array of nonprofits, business, and government to communicate in real-time, share key information and coordinate resource provisioning.  



    As part of the grant, Salesforce made available its cloud-based messaging tool Chatter.  Widely used by more than 150,000 organizations, Chatter has been well-tested, worked well to build upon and saved significant time, avoiding a program build from scratch.


     


    InSTEDD was excited to join in Disaster Preparedness / Emergency Management planning focused on the South Bay Area of California. InSTEDD is a member of the Bay Area Cross-Sector Partners in Preparedness (BACSPP).  This consortium is led by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and also consists of Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley’s Disaster Management Initiative.

    InSTEDD Awarded Grant by the Salesforce Foundation
    October 12, 2012
  • OpenMRS Conference in Rwanda

    October 2011


     


    Channe Suy, product manager at iLab Southeast Asia traveled to Rwanda to participate in the OpenMRS community’s annual Implementers Meeting where she shared the iLab SEA's  implementation experiences about working together to improve OpenMRS. Channe was invited to the conference because the iLab Southeast Asia and InSTEDD have worked closely with OpenMRS, contributing code and design expertise for the mobile integration of medical records. Additionally, in partnership with the Ministry of Health Cambodia, the iLab Southeast Asia is prototyping an OpenMRS system addressing maternal-transmission of HIV. Channe addressed how iLab Southeast Asia was using OpenMRS and the similarities between Rwanda and Cambodia.




    LINKS:


    http://instedd.org/blog/channe-at-openmrs-implementers-meeting/

    OpenMRS Conference in Rwanda
    October 12, 2012
  • InSTEDD participates in Pacific Endeavor

    August 17, 2011:


    Pacific Endeavor is a humanitarian communication workshop organized by the US Pacific Command.  Its main goal is to improve communications in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response situations; communication is seen as the foundation to a successful response.  







    Participants included all Southeast Asian militaries, NGOs, and industry leaders.  InSTEDD participated in a workshop focusing on the Multinational Communications Interoperability Program (MCIP) initiative.  The primary objective of MCIP is to establish a process that identifies and documents interoperability between communication systems.


     


    LINKS:


    http://instedd.org/blog/instedd-at-pacific-endeavor-2011/


    http://www.cmu.edu/silicon-valley/dmi/news-events/news/2011/griss-speaks-pacific-endeavor.html

    InSTEDD participates in Pacific Endeavor
    October 12, 2012
  • TB Alert System

    In September of 2011, the iLab Southeast Asia  began collaborating with Family Health International (FHI) and the National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control (CENAT) to improve the efficiency of reporting TB lab results to patients living in rural villages of the Kampong Cham province of Cambodia


     


    This program has three objectives:


    1) To reduce turnaround time for delivery of laboratory test results through the use of SMS


    2) To reduce access to care time within local villages through the use of SMS


    3) To reduce the morbidity of TB through early detection and accelerated access to care


     


    With the help of funding from USAID, we developed a custom reporting application that builds upon the SMS-based reporting functionality of GeoChat. In the SMS-based TB Lab Results Alert System, once the TB tests are analyzed, the results can be reported immediately to the health centers in real time using text messages on mobile phones. Real-time reporting means that patients with positive TB test results can be given medical treatment right away, as well as receive important education by village volunteers with specialized training about how to prevent spreading the disease to others.


     


    PROJECT PAGE: http://www.ilabsoutheastasia.org/our-work/projects/


    TOOL PAGE: http://www.ilabsoutheastasia.org/technologies/tb-lab-result-alert-system


    BLOG: http://instedd.org/blog/2011-reflections/


    FLICKR:  http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCrUUfH


     

    TB Alert System
    October 12, 2012
  • Malaria Day Zero Collaboration

    Learning to SMS for the Malaria Day Zero Alert System


     


    In collaboration with The National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM), CamGSM Co. Ltd (also known as Mobitel) and funded by the Malaria Consortium (MC), the Malaria Day Zero Alert System was implemented in August 2011 as a pilot project in the Kampot,Kampong Cham and Siem Reap provinces of Cambodia. The Malaria Day Zero Alert System is a web-based application that enables health center staff (HC) and village malaria workers (VMWs) in provincial villages to report malaria cases via SMS text alerts to a centralized system. Once centralized, malaria case reports can be resent to areas where outbreaks are probable, as well as elevated up to the national level where emergency action can be taken if necessary.


     


    In August of 2011, health care workers in the Kampot province of Cambodia were trained on the Malaria Day Zero web application with SMS text messaging for reporting malaria cases.  Health care workers were also trained on the system and then provided with a solar cell and mobile phone in order to employ the reporting system while in the field.  


     


    About Malaria:


    Malaria is the 5th cause of death from infectious diseases worldwide with sub-Saharan Africa and Asia accounting for 98% of global malaria deaths. Today, nearly half of the world’s population is considered at risk of contracting the disease. In areas with high transmission, such as Cambodia, the most vulnerable groups are young children, who have not developed immunity to malaria yet, and pregnant women, whose immunity has been decreased by pregnancy. The costs of malaria – to individuals, families, communities, nations – are enormous.


    About the Tool:


    The Malaria Day Zero Alert System is a web based application with SMS capabilities that enables health center workers and village malaria workers to report Malaria cases by sending a simple text message to the Malaria Day Zero Alert System. The cases are then automatically sent as SMS alerts to system administrators, supervisory health centers, operational districts (OD), Provincial Health Departments (PHD), as well as The National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control or CNM (formerly called National Malaria Center). The online system also provides the ability to view reports, manage users and places on a map, set up and send template messages, send alerts to groups or individuals, and set thresholds for the number of malaria cases to allow before reports are sent to supervisors. Once centralized, malaria case reports can be sent to areas where outbreaks are probable, as well as elevated up to the national level where emergency action can be taken if necessary.


    The Malaria Day Zero Alert System connects to CamGSM’s network securely and in a scalable way through our Nuntium technology.


    As of August 1, 2011 there are 17 Health Centers, 4 Operational Districts and 3 Provinces using the Malaria Day Zero Alert System system.


     


     


    PROJECT PAGE: http://www.ilabsoutheastasia.org/our-work/projects/


    TOOL PAGE: http://www.ilabsoutheastasia.org/technologies/malaria-day-zero-alert-system


    BLOG: http://instedd.org/blog/2011-reflections/


    FLICKR: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjvX44nt 


     


     

    Malaria Day Zero Collaboration
    October 12, 2012
  • InSTEDD Presents at TEDx Phnom Penh:


    In February of 2011, Channe Suy, Product Manager of the iLab Southeast Asia, gave an inspiring talk about creating sustainable solutions to improve our future by building the capacity of local communities through knowledge sharing. Local capacity is one InSTEDD’s guiding principles and Channe was able to share our experience in this area through the work of the iLab Southeast Asia.


     


     


    links:


    http://instedd.org/blog/2011-reflections/


    http://instedd.org/blog/from-the-ted-prize-to-tedxphnom-penh/




     


     


     


    InSTEDD Presents at TEDx Phnom Penh:
    October 12, 2012
  • InSTEDD and NYC Department of Health partner on ECHO Project


     


    In April 2011, we began working with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) on a project called ECHO: Electronic Communications for Health Organizations .  The project was focused on helping the NYC DOHMH improve the ability of their Community Outreach Teams (COT) to gather emergency preparedness and response-related data in the field.  


    These Community Outreach Teams teams deploy into local communities in order to share information as well as capture location-based data from those communities.  The goal of the ECHO project was to support the COT teams by allowing them to create and fill out electronic surveys on a handheld devices and then transmit that information back to the Emergency Operations Center for analysis -  in near real-time.  


    Now, in situations that require an investigation (such as a potential disease outbreak) these teams will be able to create survey based forms and push them out to a team of people who each has their own Motorola Xoom tablet. The team will then collect answers to the survey by interviewing affected communities, and push them back to the server where they will later be able to export it to a Geographical Information System (GIS) tool.


     


    LINKS:


    Project Page: http://instedd.org/echo



    The New Health Department also uses InSTEDD’s GeoChat tool: http://ndt.instedd.org/2011/08/mapping-alcohol-ads-with-geochat.html


     


     

    InSTEDD and NYC Department of Health partner on ECHO Project
    September 20, 2011
  • iLab Latin America is launched in Buenos Aires

    In April 2011 we officially launched our second innovation lab! The iLab Latin America was born from our partnership with Manas, a Buenos Aires-based software development and consulting firm that we had already been working with on InSTEDD projects all over the world.  

    Through this collaboration, the iLab Latin America is helping NGOs, governments, social entrepreneurs and other organizations in Latin America design and use collaboration technology tools to better deliver critical services to vulnerable populations, while building and optimizing their technological capacities to support their humanitarian work.


    The goal of the iLab LatAm is to be to create a center for technological innovation tailored to the region’s unique health, safety and sustainable development needs. 



    In 2007, InSTEDD started the first iLab in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, iLab Southeast Asia, with the goal of building technical capacity for addressing health, safety and development issues in the Mekong Basin. The iLab Latin America, InSTEDD’s second iLab, was launched after the InSTEDD/Manas team identified specific needs within the Latin American cultural context to customize existing tools and develop new solutions in partnership with local communities.


    In addition to providing collaboration technology consulting services to its partners, the iLab Latin America serves as a research and innovation space where public and private organizations across Latin America have the opportunity to proactively channel their questions and concerns in regards to social and humanitarian matters that would benefit from the implementation of information technology.


    To learn more about the iLab Latin America, please visit the Spanish language website.


    iLab Latin America is launched in Buenos Aires
    April 20, 2011

2012

  • Presented at International AIDS Conference 2012 on mHealth for HIV Treatment & Prevention


    At InSTEDD, we’ve been busy collecting evidence on the use of mHealth tools for HIV treatment and prevention. We presented some of our findings at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. We were among dozens of presenters that brought scientific evidence to demonstrate that the promise of mHealth is becoming a reality. To learn more about this event and our presentation, click here

    Presented at International AIDS Conference 2012 on mHealth for HIV Treatment & Prevention
    July 05, 2013
  • Verboice is Used to Save Lives At Birth Through Baby Monitor


    In October of 2011, InSTEDD started working on Baby Monitor, which is a collaborative project focused on improved prenatal and postpartum screening for mothers and infants in resource-poor environments. Baby Monitor is a tool we created using our interactive voice response technology application, Verboice, in order to bring clinical screening directly to women in the critical period before and after birth to detect complications and take action.


     


     

    Verboice is Used to Save Lives At Birth Through Baby Monitor
    July 05, 2013
  • Health Informatics Public Private Partnership (HIPPP) Dashboard Indicator

    The InSTEDD iLab Southeast Asia actively supports the Cambodian National Health Information Systems Strategic plan through a PEPFAR central grant. As part of this collaboration, InSTEDD has been providing NCHADS with adaptive technical assistance to support its strategies. The Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Dashboard Indicator application was developed to provide the indicator information to health sites instantly either through the internet or for sites that do not have direct access to the web, the ability to use USB modems that they can connect online using the 3G cell phone network.  

    Health Informatics Public Private Partnership (HIPPP) Dashboard Indicator
    July 05, 2013
  • mHealth Zombie Game at UC Berkeley

    With the goal of helping future public health innovators understand what it is like to be in an active outbreak scenario, we decided that we would do a simulation where InSTEDD’s mHealth tools would be valuable, but also create a fun and engaging event for the students.  With that goal in mind, we set out to experiment with a fun and interactive environment for people to learn how our tools work and how significantly they can improve communications. we teamed up with UC Berkeley to create a public health simulation — using Zombies!  Check out our blog post (with pictures) to learn more. 

    mHealth Zombie Game at UC Berkeley
    July 05, 2013
  • iLab Southeast Asia Participates In Social Innovation Camp in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    In November, the iLab Southeast Asia sponsored and participated in the annual  Social Innovation Camp, which was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At InSTEDD, we believe that developing an active community around open participation, user generated content, knowledge sharing and idea generation is essential for growing a local culture of innovation.

    iLab Southeast Asia Participates In Social Innovation Camp in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    July 05, 2013
  • Phnom Penh Mapping Meetup Through iLab Southeast Asia

    We participate in a number of events focused on idea development, problem solving, knowledge enhancement and community building as part of commitment to capacity building. One of these events is the Phnom Penh Mapping Meetup group.  We come together once per month to talk about maps, GIS, surveying, distributed spatial computing, spatial databases, scripting and programming for GIS, positioning technologies such as GPS, remote sensing, crowdsourcing and cartography.

    Phnom Penh Mapping Meetup Through iLab Southeast Asia
    July 05, 2013
  • iLab Southeast Asia Participates in BarCamp Phnom Penh in Cambodia

    In September 2012, the iLab Southeast Asia sponsored and participated in this year’s  BarCamp Phnom Penh. At InSTEDD, we believe that developing an active community around open participation, user generated content, knowledge sharing and idea generation is essential for growing a local culture of idea generation, experimentation, and problem solving.  You can read more about our involvement here.

    iLab Southeast Asia Participates in BarCamp Phnom Penh in Cambodia
    July 05, 2013
  • HIV Patient Data Aggregation System Through iLab Southeast Asia

    We worked with the National Center for AIDS/HIV, Dermatology and STD (NCHADS) within the Cambodian Ministry of Health to create an application that allowed NCHADS to combine all the data from the HIV clinics into a centralized database.  Simplifying data merging and allowing the export to statistical files helps NCHADS to analyze the information they receive to help their research teams improve treatment, care and processes. This is an example of custom solution development work carried out by the team leads in the iLab Southeast Asia.  Learn more about this on our blog here.

    HIV Patient Data Aggregation System Through iLab Southeast Asia
    July 05, 2013
  • Improved Notifiable Disease Platform For US CDC

    InSTEDD has been working with the Task Force for Global Health through a project with The Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance the electronic reporting system for notifiable diseases within the United States. The CDC collects millions of anonymized health records and with InSTEDD's help they will be able to explore, analyze and visualize the information in an interactive way.  

    Improved Notifiable Disease Platform For US CDC
    July 05, 2013
  • GeoChat Supports Infectious Disease Reporting in Cambodia Through iLab Southeast Asia

    Using InSTEDD’s GeoChat tool, disease reporting within Cambodia significantly improved by using real-time SMS to quickly share important information.  Impressed by the success of GeoChat, the Operational District Lead approached the iLab Southeast Asia about developing a new tool that would allow the OD to filter disease reports by week and export the information into one spreadsheet. To support this idea, the iLab Southeast Asia developed a weekly reporting system that catches all the weekly reports from the health center level. This adds to the portfolio of biosurveillance tools that InSTEDD has built for general cases or to track specific diseases or conditions.

    GeoChat Supports Infectious Disease Reporting in Cambodia Through iLab Southeast Asia
    July 05, 2013
  • iLab Latin America Becomes a Finalist in 'Giving Women a Voice in their Health'

    The “She Will Innovate: Technology Solutions Enriching the Lives of Girls”  challenge was designed to promote ICT solutions dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. Intel Corporation and Ashoka Changemakers launched this online challenge.  The iLab Latin America came in as a finalist in the competition  by submitting our Baby Monitor project.  Baby Monitor is a mobile phone application that takes clinical screening directly to women in the critical period before and after birth using interactive voice response technology via a mobile phone call.  Learn more about this challenge here

    iLab Latin America Becomes a Finalist in 'Giving Women a Voice in their Health'
    July 05, 2013
  • Rwanda Health Information System Facility Registry

    InSTEDD participated as part of a large public-private partnership to strengthen the health systems of Rwanda. This involved the creation of a national electronic medical record system that worked in conjunction with centralized registries of all health facilities, providers (doctors, nurses, etc) and patient indexes.  All of this information was integrated together into an interoperable and shared Health Information Exchange.  InSTEDD’s Resource Map was selected as the platform to serve as the Facility Registry.  In addition, InSTEDD’s tools provided an open API to which NGOs and the private sector could connect to to use the facility information.

    Rwanda Health Information System Facility Registry
    July 05, 2013
  • Verboice Projects Launched Around the World

    This was an important year for our interactive voice response tool, Verboice.  An example of how our tool was used can be seen in Baby Monitor project as well as the interactive voice response (IVR) service behind the Motech Suite. In addition, the iLab Southeast Asia is working with SPIDER to develop and customized the Verboice application for the Open Institute, Women’s Media Center, BBC Media Action and the International Labor Organization.  Read all about how Verboice is being used in Cambodia here.  Learn more about Verboice here and how the iLab Southeast Asia can help you apply the power of scalable IVR capabilities to your project.

    Verboice Projects Launched Around the World
    July 05, 2013
  • Launched Updated Resource Map With Improved Usability

    As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the usability, usefulness and quality of our tools, we underwent a significant design enhancement to our Resource Map tool.  The original tool was created by the team in the iLab Southeast Asia back in 2011 and as a result of many user testing sessions with partners and collaborators was revamped in 2012.  The most notable of these user design enhancements is to support our ongoing work in Rwanda.

    Launched Updated Resource Map With Improved Usability
    July 05, 2013
  • Launched iLab Southeast Asia Website

    Our flagship innovation lab, the iLab Southeast Asia, officially launched an independent website to showcase the projects, networks, and regional collaboration opportunities.  We highly encourage you to visit the new website and to reach out to the team to explore opportunities to work together on future projects.

    Launched iLab Southeast Asia Website
    July 05, 2013
  • Digital Mapping in Haiti through iLab Latin America

    Building on the success of the digital mapping project in Brazil, our iLab Latin America applied the same concept to problem solving in Haiti.  While our work in Brazil revolved around the surveying of potential social and environmental dangers, the work in Haiti focused on detecting risk factors associated with HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual and reproductive health and gender violence. Learn more about this project and how the iLab Latin America can help you improve the scale and impact of your projects.

    Digital Mapping in Haiti through iLab Latin America
    July 05, 2013
  • iLab Southeast Asia Participates in BarCamp Yangon, Myanmar

    In February of 2012, members of the iLab Southeast Asia team traveled to Myanmar to participate in BarCamp Yangon.  We have been a huge supporter of BarCamp Yangon since its inception and have sponsored several events and even hosted Mini-BarCamp events at the iLab Southeast Asia.

    iLab Southeast Asia Participates in BarCamp Yangon, Myanmar
    July 05, 2013
  • Digital Mapping in Brazil through iLab Latin America

    Through the iLab Latin America, we partnered with UNICEF, MIT and the Brazilian NGO CEDAPS, on a cutting-edge digital mapping project that enables real-time data collection through web and mobile applications. The main idea behind this project was to create a simple, low cost way to allow the youth living in the favelas to digitally map the social and environmental risk factors that threatened their communities. For more details on the process and the outcome, check out the project page on our website here.

    Digital Mapping in Brazil through iLab Latin America
    July 05, 2013
  • Created an Interactive Disease Diagnostics Platform with Cepheid

    We began working with Cepheid to enhance global capabilities for real-time disease surveillance.  By combining Cepheid’s transformative platform for molecular diagnostics (GeneXpert) with InSTEDD’s ability to design and develop ICT in low resource environments, we developed a platform that has the ability to both provide real-time diagnostic information as well as information about the diagnostics machine functionality itself.   By improving the quality, speed and accessibility to information, national health systems are becoming better positioned to monitor diseases at both the national and individual levels.  

    Created an Interactive Disease Diagnostics Platform with Cepheid
    July 05, 2013
  • iLab Southeast Asia: Malaria Project in Laos

    With funding from The Global Fund, the iLab Southeast Asia began working on a project for the Center for Malaria Parasitology and Entomology of Lao PDR (CMPE) to provide technical assistance in the development of an SMS system for malaria reporting.  Find out how the iLab Southeast Asia is working towards early detection and early response of Malaria on our blog here.


     


     

    iLab Southeast Asia: Malaria Project in Laos
    July 05, 2013
  • iLab SEA Participates in BarCamp Yangon 2012

    BacCamps have taken place all over the region, including Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Laos and Myanmar. In fact, the largest BarCamp event to ever take place was BarCamp Yangon (Myanmar), with an estimated attendance of over 5,000 people! BarCamp Yangon was such a significant event that the opening address was made by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, known affectionately as “the Lady.” 


     


    In 2012, some of the iLab Southeast Asia staffs traveled to Myanmar to participate in BarCamp Yangon 2012. Mesa, an iLab Southeast Asia Developer, gave a presentation on "Test Driven Development (TDD)" to about 50 people.



    Yon, the iLab Southeast Asia Field Support Staff Officer, also gave a presentation on "Technology and Grassroots level users" to about 20 people.


     


    Since part of our mission at InSTEDD is focused on capacity building, we have been a huge supporter of BarCamp over the years. We have sponsored several events and even hosted Mini-BarCamp events at the iLab Southeast Asia


     

    iLab SEA Participates in BarCamp Yangon 2012
    October 12, 2012
  • Environmental Youth-led Risk Mapping Project

    Working alongside UNICEF, MIT and the Brazilian NGO CEDAPS, the iLab Latin America is helping develop the Environmental Youth-led Risk Mapping Project in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This cutting-edge mapping platform enables real-time data collection through web and mobile applications.




    The main goal of this project is to highlight the environmental risk factors that threaten the community in a way that gains visibility in order to encourage federal and local authorities to deal with those threats.




    The InSTEDD iLab Latin America has contributed to solving technical issues on the platform, simplify the interface of the application as well as increasing the usability of the tool.



    PROJECT PAGE:


    instedd.org/map/favela-digital-mapping


    BLOGS:


    http://instedd.org/blog/ilablatam-digital-mapping-rio-de-janeiro-part-1/


     



    FLICKR:


    http://flic.kr/s/aHsjBK84Fo


     


     


     

    Environmental Youth-led Risk Mapping Project
    October 12, 2012