Notice B

Promoting the collaborative development of proposals for investments in digital health global goods

Digital Square supports investments in digital health global goods, which are tools that are adaptable to different countries and contexts. Mature digital health global good software is software that is (usually) Free and Open Source (FOSS), is supported by a strong community, has a clear governance structure, is funded by multiple sources, has been deployed at significant scale, is used across multiple countries, has demonstrated effectiveness, is designed to be interoperable, and is an emergent standard application.

We are using an open proposal process. Your concept notes and proposals will be publicly posted, giving you and other submitters the opportunity to find collaborators and provide and receive feedback from your peers.

Proposals (62 total)

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Notice B: Data Scout: A Metadata Navigator & Streamlining Tool for Countries

Primary Author: Hannah Cooper
Application Status: 
Not Approved

The Government of Malawi (GOM) is in the process of harmonizing and consolidating data collected across the health sector. The number of
data collection tools is unknown and a comprehensive list of data elements recorded not available. At facility level, health workers (HWs) must
record patient level transactions and aggregate data in Government registers and reports, as well as those required by donors. The sheer volume
of information that HWs must manage and report leads to poor data quality, sub-optimal reporting rates, inefficient processes, and excessive

Notice B: Design and Development of Patient centric systems

Primary Author: Akash Jindal

DHIS2 and OpenMRS are both open source software solutions that cater to the information needs in the public health domain. While DHIS2 is
tailored to look after the health indicators en masse , OpenMRS is aimed at collecting and managing Electronic Medical Records (EMR).
DHIS2 in brief:
DHIS2 is a tool for collection, validation, analysis, and presentation of aggregate and patient-based statistical data, tailored (but not limited) to

Notice B: Developing a Community of RapidPro Users and Developers in the Health Sector

Primary Author: Terra Weikel
Application Status: 
Not Approved

For the past 10 years UNICEF has invested in developing and deploying innovative solutions to overcome the traditional bottlenecks of time,
distance and coordination - to build more resilient and responsive health systems that reach every child. In 2014, building on earlier SMS-based
systems, UNICEF launched RapidPro : an open-source platform that allows anyone to design a messaging service that can send and receive
information directly with users. RapidPro works on the most basic mobile phones as well as on smart devices, and communicates via SMS and

Notice B: Developing Local Health Information Exchanges

Primary Author: Brian Gordon
Application Status: 
Out of Scope

Accessible health information is the cornerstone of delivering coordinated care across a complex healthcare system that involves local and
national institutions, along with hospitals, general practitioners, specialists, testing facilities, insurance companies, government organizations
and administrators. It has been demonstrated through research and implementations that combining health information locally and nationally
leads to the following benefits:
Improved patient outcomes by supporting effective care processes across the continuum of care;

Notice B: DHIS2 and CommCare Interoperability

Primary Author: Clayton Sims
Application Status: 
Not Approved

In more than 15 countries, development projects and Ministries of Health employ CommCare as a core frontline worker patient tracking and
data management tool, while also utilizing DHIS2 core information backbone, data warehouse, and analytics platform. Historically, the transfer
of data between these two software platforms has required case-by-case support and customization from core development teams. This has
proven to be costly to the user, inefficient to the developers, and a hindrance to information system sustainability and impact. With a