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In Episode 3, The Crowd & The Cloud documents the influence of simple mobile tech on global health. Scroll down to learn more about the people and projects featured in this segment.

Medic Mobile

Provide an open-source software toolkit for health workers and managers worldwide.

Medic Mobile is a nonprofit organization working to improve health in hard to reach communities in 23 countries around the world. Their reach extends to Africa, Latin America, and Asia, with some 13,577 health workers trained and equipped with their open-source software toolkit. Through designing, building, delivering, and supporting software for health workers, they’re helping to provide care that impacts entire communities. As seen in C&C episode 3, Medic Mobile’s software toolkit is free, open-source, and designed with end-users in mind. It combines smart messaging, decision support, easy data gathering and management, and health system analytics. The mobile app, used by under-served community members, helps promote safe deliveries by making sure pregnant mothers receive proper antenatal care and deliver in a medical facility. It tracks outbreaks faster, treats illnesses, keeps stock of essential medicines, and communicates emergencies.

The Medic Mobile team works side by side with hard to reach communities to deliver tools that make health systems better for everyone. They don’t simply create a new technology and expect people to use it. Medic Mobile uses human-centered design relying on input from local community health workers, nurses, patients, and community members. They work closely with people in the field to prototype solutions, give feedback, and ultimately implement solutions, with the goal of delivering the right tools for each individual project. The focus of Medic Mobile is to serve the most vulnerable communities in the most difficult environments.

Additional Resources

Medic Mobile: Hope Phones

Millions of phones are thrown away in the US each year. Give your phone new life and help communities around the world.

Community Health Workers in the United States

Community health worker: “a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member and/or has a close understanding of the community served.”

Josh Nesbit: Skoll Social Entrepreneurship Award

Like Chinese environmental activist, Ma Jun, Josh Nesbit is also a Skoll Social Entrepreneurship award-winner.

Deborah Estin: mHealth

Deborah Estin is founder of the Health Tech Hub in the Jacobs Institute and directs the Small Data Lab at Cornell Tech.