Thank you to MSH for hosting and to our speakers, we had an excellent July monthly Global Digital Health Network meeting, hosted by MSH in Arlington,VA and online via webinar.

Digital Health Solutions for Disease Surveillance 

Ebola epidemics in West and Central Africa have focused the world's attention on the economic and social costs of epidemic diseases and their threat for global health security. Real time and accurate data coupled with appropriate digital tools play a critical role in disease surveillance, preparedness and response. This month's GDHN meeting will describe key digital health disease surveillance use cases and provide an opportunity to hear lessons learned from specific systems implemented in Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria. Following speaker presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and further discuss.

Speakers:

  • Randy Wilson, Sr Principal Technical Advisor, Management Sciences for Health - sharing MSH's experience in Rwanda building new eIDSR features into a DHIS2 platform and on community events-based surveillance
  • Ousmane Ly, Digital Health Advisor, PATH-DRC - sharing work on the DRC Mobile Emergency Operations Center for Ebola response
  • Juliane Dörrbecker, Epidemiology Dept., Helmoltz Centre for Infection Research - discussing implementation of the Surveillance, Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS) in Nigeria

A link to the meeting slides is here and the recording is here.

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Preparations for the 2019 Global Digital Health Forum are underway!

Please visit our conference website to register, buy tickets, learn how to be a sponsor, apply for a travel scholarship, and more!

Thank you all so much for the overwhelming response. We've received over 400 submissions from 61 countries and 700 authors and will be making abstract acceptance notifications by the end of August.

2019 Global Digital Health Forum theme is: Celebrating Innovation and Supporting Proven Practices at Scale.  This year’s Forum will highlight evidence-based practices being scaled around the world as part of national digital health strategies. We will also highlight the ways in which all of you are innovating within the ever-changing landscape of global digital health to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

Date: December 9-11, 2019

Location: Bethesda North Marriott; Rockville, Maryland (Greater Washington DC area)

Hope to see you there!

Trinity and Steve

GDHN Co-Chairs