Medication or preventive measures are available for many diseases; however, we still see significant challenges with their correct use, especially in poor countries. We have learned that lack of disease knowledge and both social and geographical isolation, are drivers for non- compliance and low adherence, leading to poor health outcomes. In HIV, it can make the difference between living a normal life or dying.
Through its Global Public Health organisation (GPH), Johnson & Johnson (J&J) aims to deliver integrated evidence-based solutions to address complex global health problems in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, mental health, soil transmitted helminths and vaccines. Within J&J GPH, the Disease Management Programs team researches & develops innovative solutions to strengthen the healthcare system in resource limited settings. One of our digital health solutions is Connect for LifeTM, which was built on top of the Open Source platform MOTECH of the Grameen foundation, and made available to implementers for patient support programs across the world, especially in Africa and Asia.
The mHealth platform Connect for LifeTM is supporting the patients, health care provfessionals (HCPs) and program managers in developing countries. It interacts with patients using basic mobile phones and with HCPs through a web-based interface on tablet or PC. Connect for LifeTM is being used since 2014 and is currently supporting six implementations in HIV/AIDS in Uganda, India and the Philippines. The obvious next step is to maximize the impact of Connect for LifeTM through large-scale implementations. The aim of this project is to progress the core technology of the Connect for LifeTM digital tool in view of maximizing its adoptability and global utility as an open source global good. This project will set the foundation for a sustainable Connect for LifeTM service delivery to maximize outreach, optimize local support, reduce the cost of implementation and facilitate large-scale programs.