Round Table Discussions

  • Room: Grand Ballroom - Salon II & III
Tuesday, December 05, 2017: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Alex Muhereza
Health Information Systems Specialist
Round Table Discussion Lead
Aparna Hegde
Founder, Chairperson and Managing Trustee
Round Table Discussion Lead
Chilunga Puta
Director BLN
Round Table Discussion Lead
Emmanuel Atuma
Project Director, Hello MAMA (USAID-MCSP program), Nigeria
Round Table Discussion Lead
Niranjan Konduri
Principal Technical Advisor
USAID SIAPS Program, Management Sciences for Health
Round Table Discussion Lead
Peter Benjamin
Executive Director
Round Table Discussion Lead
Skyler Barlow
GIS Specialist


Table 1: Peer Learning for realizing ‘data use for impact’ utilizing digital health solutions: Lessons from the BID Learning Network

Digital health solutions offer a tremendous opportunity for improving health information system deficiencies in Africa. Few would argue that high quality data, available to the right person at the right time is the heartbeat of an efficient healthcare delivery system that is able to address the heavy disease burden characteristic of many African countries. Despite the enthusiasm to embrace digital solutions to improve information systems in Africa, initiatives are fragmented and limited to pilot sites. The Better Immunization Data Initiative (BID) has partnered with African countries to develop digital immunization information systems that are fit for use, scalable and sustainable.  BID has used a peer learning network to enable a multi-country design collaborative that facilitates: design of country-owned products; rapid information exchange among peers; and strengthened professional peer relationships. Join this roundtable to learn more and discuss scale and sustainability of digital solutions. 

Moderator: Chilunga Puta (PATH)

Table 2: Engaging with GIS Experts at My Organization

Integrating GIS into your projects and tools is an easy way to set your organization apart and make the most out of the data that you are already collecting and using. Yet with all of the attention that GIS has gotten in the past few years, the majority of mapping experts are being tasked with simple projects such as showing general project locations. We can be used for so much more! Come learn the right questions to ask to start utilizing your GIS experts to their potential. This will be a guided discussion but you can expect to cover such topics as:
How much preparation should I cover before approaching my GIS expert with a request?
What are the most impactful tools for data analysis that I should be aware of?
I’ll also show some examples of how I have been approached and the results of my engagements.

Moderator: Skyler Barlow (Palladium)

Table 3: Gotcha! How to get a 77% response rate from 2,000 users in 4 continents using 8 languages
You need to prove that your digital health intervention contributes to improved patient health outcomes, but don’t have the luxury of conducting a randomized controlled trial.  A user experience survey is a feasible alternative if you ask the right questions. But designing, implementing and monitoring one can be tricky. Implementers need reliable, valid data on digital health user experience to track progress. Respondents should ideally be able to finish the survey within 5 to 7 minutes. And crossing the threshold of a 30% or even 50% response rate, including completeness, is a challenge. In this session, we’ll share practical experience on how a low-cost, digital health user experience survey among public-sector staff in 9 diverse, resource-constrained countries drew a very high response rate with reliable and valid results encompassing factors such as patient care, information accessibility and workplace productivity. 

Moderator: Niranjan Konduri (MSH)

Table 4: Maternal messaging at scale: successes, failures, and future directionality 

Description: mHealth solutions which target pregnant women have been shown to increase utilization of antenatal care (ANC), skilled birth attendance (SBA), and childhood immunization rates. While the program strategies and types of mHealth solutions have varied, delivery of health information content to pregnant women has been effective in bolstering service utilization in number of settings. At this round table, experts will briefly outline their programs, highlighting details on information content, delivery strategy, architecture, financing, programmatic reach and scale, as well as governance structures. Along with participants at the table, they will lead a discussion to reflect on the factors associated with early adoption, expansion, and sustainability; linkages with other programs; challenges faced to date and anticipated moving forward; and future directionality.

Speakers: Peter Benjamin (Health Enabled), Dr. Emmanuel Atuma (Jhpeigo) and Dr. Aparna Hegde (mMitra)