Updated Jul 21, 2020

Barbara Campbell

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Relinkglobalhealth.org is a searchable online platform designed to connect organizations providing healthcare to improve operational efficiencies and increase access to high quality healthcare. We are currently using in Haiti and have found the tool extremely valuable in supporting COVID-19 response in Haiti

Users can access this database three ways. One is via the relinkglobalhealth.org website and another other is from The Haiti Health Network (www.haitihealthnetwork.org) website. Both of these will take you to needs.relinkglobalhealth.org. From here, the user will see 7 categories of search : Emergency services, Specialty Services, Basic services, diagnostic imaging services, special needs se...
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Users can access this database three ways. One is via the relinkglobalhealth.org website and another other is from The Haiti Health Network (www.haitihealthnetwork.org) website. Both of these will take you to needs.relinkglobalhealth.org. From here, the user will see 7 categories of search : Emergency services, Specialty Services, Basic services, diagnostic imaging services, special needs services, and supply chain needs (medications, medical equipment, and medical supplies). From this user will select what they are looking for. They can narrow searches by department (state) and village. The organization display screen shows all details of the provider including a direct link to a website if available, geo-location of the facility, and a direct link to call if using a mobile device. A healthcare professional can register for an account and edit the organization information directly. Administrators can directly print reports from capacity data on their region. Site has been developed in Php (heavy focus on html, javascript and css). The database language is Mysql. The server utilized is Apache and the code is stored in Github.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Platform is up and running with about 1700 organizations in the database for Haiti. We're in the processing of gathering assessment data from potential implementation partners surrounding 6 projects we plan to implement via the platform. We've adjusted our efforts use the data to connect groups in various regions throughout the country in response to COVID-19.

Focus Areas:

Health Systems, Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Medical Devices and 4 MoreSEE ALL

Health Systems, Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Medical Devices, Non-communicable Diseases, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Primary Care and Infectious & Vector DiseasesSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Haiti and Malawi

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943
Lives Impacted to Date
1
Key Partner
2
Countries Implemented In
1,700
Customers
5
Employees
$500,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Working in silos is very common in places like Haiti due to the everyday struggles that keep staff busy all day long. Frequently, both the general population and healthcare providers do not know how to quickly locate services for themselves or patients. In addition, valuable staff time is spent every single day, trying to refer more critical patients to the help they need. reLink Global Health was designed to address these problems and connect people to the healthcare resources they need. Whether it's a clinical need or a supply chain need of a facility, the reLink Global Health database allows you to search for what you need in your area, with key contact information at your fingertips.

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Solution

The reLink Global Health tool was nimbly designed and is easy to use for both in country data collection and the end user. Our goal was to connect anyone looking for healthcare services in the target region in 3 clicks or within 3 seconds. The site is available in English, French, and Creole and simple and quick to use to locate healthcare resources ranging from diagnostic imaging, specialty services, and special needs services. The site can be utilized on mobile phones as well as desk top application.

Target Beneficiaries

We seek to serve two main audiences with this tool. Number one is the Haitian population at large to provide knowledge and quick access to all healthcare resources. Secondly, and very importantly, we seek to support the healthcare providers in Haiti. We want them to connect with their colleagues easily and we use the detailed capacity data to design and implement strategic projects that strengthen the health system within which they work. We've used the data from the database to support and connect providers in response to COVID-19 in Haiti

Mission and Vision

Overall vision is to improve access to care by creating awareness of all options available and to improve the overall quality of care delivered by utilizing the data to design and implement practical, sustainable solutions that can be offered in the target regions.

Competitive Advantage

The best thing about reLink Global Health is its simplicity and ease of use. We've called it "Rapid Response Software". We've been able to adapt the tool to specific contexts in response to COVID-19 in a matter of days and at relatively low costs. For example, in a US context, we've been able to adapt the software to track ICU beds and ventilators. From a technology perspective, maintaining the site is low cost and easy. Whether utilizing the public interface or having an organization utilizing the administrative features, we are always hearing the site is very easy to use and provides very practical information. We are unaware of a tool that is like this, designed for both public and professional (admin) use. We'd love to see the tool used all over the world. Adding in new countries has already been considered in design and is fairly quick and easy.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Our goal over the next 6 months is to use the reLink Global Health Tool to support COVID-19 response. In Haiti, with the tool and relationships developed, we've begun creating connections necessary to improve the supply chain around providing PPE and oxygen supplies. In addition, we've been able to foster dissemination of public health announcements regarding COVID-19 prevention. We are reaching out to USAID and other organizations to see how the tool and network can support their efforts. While this is ongoing, we have partnered with two organizations in Malawi to implement reLink Global Health there and have begun working on a pilot project with 24 clinics and 2 hospitals.
Funding Goal200,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted1
New Implemented CountriesCameroon, Malawi, Liberia
Recruit2 management/ directors, 3 staff, 3 advisors, 15 volunteers
New FeatureAbility to download and display detailed capacity data for healthcare facilities in a given region

The Team Behind the Innovation

We are very fortunate to have a small but mighty and committed team. Our software development team is led by a female Asian American woman, Jung Shan Lee with a passion for global health and excellence in her work. We could not do what we do without her leadership. Our Haitian team is led by Djail Covksy Aimable or as we call him Covsky. The only Haitian I've ever met with a Russian name. He truly loves his country and his people and does an amazing job leading and implementing projects. I also value the expertise and guidance from our chairman Ray Dalton. His years of experience and strategic thinking are vital for our impact.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Apr 2020
New Product Or Service
Used info from database to quickly distribute 225 kits to healthcare providers and facilities to prep for COVID-19
Mar 2020
New Product Or Service
Launch of reLink Global Health 2.0
Mar 2020
New Country Implemented In
Malawi
Jul 2018
New Product Or Service
Addition of capacity data
Jan 2018
New Country Implemented In
Haiti
Nov 2017
Created

Supporting Materials

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