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Digital Square is a partnership of the world’s leading digital health experts from 40+ organizations and countries working together to strengthen digital health systems in emerging economies. We support co-investment into scalable technology solutions and create the environments in which they can be sustained. Digital Square is led by and housed at PATH, the leader in global health innovation.

This wiki serves as a platform for technical audiences to obtain resources and information related to Digital Square's investments in global goods. More general information about Digital Square can be found on the main website.

COVID-19 Response

Digital Square supports a number of Global Goods, which have quickly been adapted for COVID-19. In support of our partners, Digital Square has hosted a number of COVID-related webinars.

COVID-19 Webinars

March 30, 2020 | Global Goods Adaptation for COVID-19 Response

This webinar features a set of Digital Square-approved digital health global goods that have adapted their technologies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 26, 2020 | Re-utilizing PEPFAR Investments during the COVID-19 Response

This webinar showcases how PEPFAR investments can be re-utilized in the COVID-19 response. During this session, we will feature a mix of digital tools including DATIM, Patient Level Monitoring, and the Global Open Facility Registry, and how they can be harnessed in the COVID-19 global response.

Global Good Adaptations to COVID-19

Global Good Adaptation Resources
OpenHIE COVID-19 Task Force (Cross-cutting for all global goods)
  • Identify and collate information relating to data standards and exchange relevant to the COVID-19 response.
  • Identify gaps in and establish standards for data exchange priorities.
  • Provide documentation and guidance (to both the global good community as well as proprietary software tools) to improve adherence to these standards.
  • Ensure that rapidly deployed solutions can be integrated into the national digital health architectures.
  • Outputs: HL7 FHIR profile / implementation guide for case reporting & contact tracing.
CommCare
  • Creation of a template application which provides a full implementation of the WHO FFX Contact Tracing protocol which is available for immediate adoption and customization through the platform. Currently working on ensuring that there is a wide array of translations available for the text.
  • Working on additional template applications for further response and recovery workflows that will become available as they are validated.
  • The team is trying to secure free messaging for COVID-19 response to support self-reporting workflows for positive cases once cases overcome the tracing capacity of health systems.
Community Health Toolkit (CHT)
  • Building on prior experience in other major outbreaks and fast-evolving crises including earthquakes in Nepal and Haiti. Building on existing platforms and infrastructures wherever possible.
  • Accompaniment through secondment of technical staff, supporting our colleagues in Ministries of Health.
  • Evolving existing digital health systems based on needs articulated by our partners.
  • Expanding the use cases and workflows supported by the CHT for COVID-19 response efforts.
  • Coordination with the wider digital health community between existing digital health tools, systems, and standards.

The CHT Team has created two use case demonstrations: Port of Entry (PoE Screening and CHT Rapid Diagnostic Teat (RDT) workflow for community health workers.

DHIS2
  • Ready-to-install DHIS2 digital data packages to support COVID-19 surveillance & response based on WHO guidelines. All packages are optimized for Android or web-based data collection. More than 31 countries have already begun installing the package; at least 4 are already operational (live data entry and analysis).
  • The packages support: 1) case-based surveillance to track a case through clinical examination, exposures, initiate lab requests, record lab results and case outcome; 2) contact tracing program to facilitate operations of contact tracing and with built in relationships to the case-based tracker for enhanced analysis; 3) automated analysis of core indicators & dashboards for response planning. The package also includes options for aggregate and event-based surveillance; countries can transition between data models according to realities on the ground while still capturing most critical data points.
  • Working on additional packages to support the Port of Entry screening and update integrated disease surveillance & response (IDSR) program for COVID-19. Packages are currently being translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian.
GOFR
  • Overview of GOFR tool for facility reconciliation
mHero
  • Deployed in Liberia in support of the COVID-19 response.
  • New mHero architecture has been developed.
Mobile WACh
  • Provide up-to-date guidance by SMS (push messaging) on symptoms, social distancing, and care-seeking to the general population, as well as HCWs in need of guidance.
  • Provide interactive triage of patient symptoms by 2-way SMS with a HCW, based on international guidance to determine whether and how patients should seek care, and avoid unnecessary risk and strain on the medical system.
  • Continue supporting pregnant and postpartum women, neonates and people living with HIV or other chronic conditions with SMS curricula we have already developed at a time when they will experience even more pronounced shortages of in-person medical care.
ODK
  • ODK's lead developer, Nafundi, is offering pro-bono help to anyone working on the COVID-19 response.
  • Rapidly digitizing forms from the WHO and CDC protocols and making them available for others to use and build on.
  • Offering support for ODK for contact tracing, decision support, community education, strategic mapping, and case management.
  • Demo available on how the WHO minimum reporting form running in ODK Collect (Android) and Enketo (Web) send data to an ODK Central server, which then flows data to a live updating dashboard in PowerBI and a spreadsheet in Excel.
OpenLMIS
  • OpenLMIS is responding by supporting OpenLMIS countries to optimize their use of the software to encourage good supply chain management of COVID supplies. We are currently conducting country outreach to ensure users know how to quickly:
    • Add new Products
    • Initiate emergency requisitions
    • Configure and manage inventory of Kits (anticipating the need for COVID kits)
  • The OpenLMIS core team will prioritize any configuration or work related to these functions. Future product committee meetings could be used to share lessons across countries to see how they are preparing their supply chains for COVID.
OpenMRS
  • Providing standard content related to COVID-19 and work to extend current functionality that will make it easier for 5,500 existing implementations to a) screen, test, and manage patients and b) report data out efficiently to DHIS2 for public health surveillance.
  • OpenMRS COVID-19 Response Tools include:
    • CIEL concept dictionary with COVID-19 concepts
    • COVID-19 Public Health Response Module
    • COVID-19 Public Health Reporting System Interfaces
  • Enacting a COVID-19 Response Squad to rapidly design, develop, test, and release the suite of COVID-19 Response Tools. Informatics experts, business analysts, UI/UX designers, developers, and implementers are encouraged to join the conversation, weekly meetings, design forums, and work with the COVID-19 Response Squad.
OpenSRP/Akuko/Canopy
  • Develop use of Ona Data/RapidPro + Canopy for secondary response.
  • Create OpenSRP/Reveal and an RDT reader for contact tracing and Akuko data storytelling platform for data viz platform for information sharing.
  • Working with clients in Malawi government to adapt the ODP module for COVID-19 in the future
SORMAS
  • Ensuring availability of validated real time surveillance data which would in turn lower the disease burden through enabled contact tracing while monitoring the potential for future cases.
  • Offering easy-to-use, multifunctional mobile health (mHealth) and electronic health (eHealth) applications, which provide real-time data availability and compatibility with standard surveillance systems.

Additional COVID Resources

Digital Square Web Articles

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What We Do

Digital Square is connecting the world for better health.

We work in three key ways:

  • Coordinate investments in proven digital technology to maximize the impact of every dollar spent.
  • Scale global good technologies that can be adapted to different countries and contexts.
  • Create digital market readiness by building capacity with governments, local technology developers, and health workers.

Governance

Digital Square's investments follow detailed governance processes that leverage a Peer Review Committee and Board. Additionally, Digital Square serves as the Secretariat for DIAL's Health-Sustainability Advisory Group.

Investors

Digital Square is funded in partnership with USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Last Mile Health, The Rockefeller Foundation, Vitol Foundation, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, and CRI Foundation.

Global Goods

What are approved global goods?

Approved global goods have been vetted using the Global Good Maturity Model and an expert group of digital health stakeholders through the Digital Square Open Application Process. It has been approved as an investment priority by Digital Square’s Board.

Digital Square Investments in Global Goods

Approved Global Goods

Global Good Investment Process

Procurement Processes

Soliciations

External Resources

Digital Square Resources

Digital Health & Interoperability Working Group

The Digital Health & Interoperability Working Group (DH&I WG) is a volunteer community of practice dedicated to strengthening country health systems and outcomes through the appropriate and responsible use of digital information technologies.

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