Easy-to-use digital solutions to monitor diagnoses, treatments and trends to minimize the harm caused by outbreaks of communicable diseases.
OGOW EMR provides practitioners with easy-to-use tools to collect patient identification data and the assignment of a Medical Records.
We met with Dr. Sahid at Sahid General Hospital to discuss how OGOW EMR can best support practitioners in Kismayo, Somalia.
Our founder alongside Dr. Salah. Our EMR Portal is implemented throughout his private practice in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Describe what you intend to do and how you'll do it in one to two sentences (required 350 Characters)
OGOW aims to implement easy-to-use digital solutions to monitor the delivery of immunizations in Somalia. Our solution enables and equips practitioners with digital tools to effectively monitor the immunization vaccine delivery campaigns. To do this work we will partner with government, public and private sectors.
Explain the innovation (2,500 characters)
Somalia has some of world’s worst health indicators. UNICEF reports, Somalia's under five and maternal death rates are highest in the world; 1 in 8 Somali children dies before their fifth birthday. The Health ministry’s inability to control health care created gap within private sector in data collection and translation among caregivers and practitioners, often resulting in low immunization coverage. Our solution is designed to improve the health, well-being of children and women in rural and urban settings.
Our solution allows practitioners to have real-time access to past patient records, find past conditions, recent treatments at individual level, see trends, population centers and better prepared for possible epidemics and outbreaks. OGOW EMR is easy-to-use and collaborative, makes it easy for physicians to plan care, patient’s progress record-track and manage care with other clinicians. Our portal offers tools for practitioners to improve vaccination rates by reaching patients who need specific vaccines. Further, caregivers will be aware of vaccination’s schedule and will send notices to visit their practitioners. Our team developed, designed and tested our electronic medical record system to test for operational readiness. We have an in-house developer to refine the application, run tests and fix bugs. OGOW’s seamless encryption solution provides a secure, cloud-based way to store and share clinical files. Dr. Salah based in Mogadishu applied our solution throughout his private practice. Today, his team is able to monitor and report on immunization rates. We aim to strengthen service delivery by aligning our activities with national priorities. Somalia recently kicked off a four-day countrywide polio immunization campaign. The campaign, which ran between 24-27 March 2019, aimed to reach as many as possible of Somalia’s 3.1 million children under age five. Our portal includes tools to monitor to “look for signs” alerting practitioners to look out for a marked pinkie, on every child under age of five. Children without a finger marking may have missed polio vaccinations. Our effective supply chain management system includes delivery point, inventory management tool, stock-out alert. The delivery point focus on movement of vaccine. Inventory management tool assist in developing replenishment/stock-out policies. The stock-out alert system assists in generating alert on stock reserves.
Our portal provides practitioners tools for reporting tools for management of communicable diseases, outbreaks, immunizations and inventory.
Our solution also allows practitioners to send out timely notifications to ensure all patients are informed about the vaccines offered at each hospital. Our build in (SMS) feature allows hospitals to send out text message notifications informing their database of impending
Which part(s) of the world does this innovation target?
South Central Somalia
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
This past October, I was invited to take part in Somalia's first ever Tech Summit to introduce our solution. The summit's focus was on how innovation and technology can drive sustainable development in Somalia. This platform connected us with hospitals and medical students across Somalia. Our startup places a strong focus on collaboration by aligning our initiatives with the goals and needs of our partner hospitals, as well as the wider community. We’re currently recruiting for a paid internship based in Mogadishu. For the first run of the program, we will select qualified candidates who are current students or recent graduates to join our team. We received over 100 applications since it’s launch.
Our startup was also selected to present at Innovate4right’s World Humanitarian Innovation Day to be held in Basel, Switzerland. The shortlist was compiled by identifying projects that offered promising, rigorously developed solutions that could bring positive impacts at a system level.
How is your idea unique? (750 characters)
Our electronic medical records solution was designed specifically for hospitals in Somalia. Our portal has been built with the aim of providing maximum accessibility and usability to its users. This means that all features, tools, reports and content - everything remains intact in Somali. Our objective is to be accessible to all users irrespective of device in use, technology or ability. We're in the process of designing our solution for both iOs and Android expected to launch July. This effort would be a first in Somalia to help bridge the gap between rural-urban settings.
What is the name of your organization
Explain your organization (250 characters)
OGOW EMR platform offers Somali practitioners easy-to-use tools to improve: quality, continuity, assessment, and evidence of care through improved management.
Type of Submitter
We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise
Women’s health/rights focused organization
Community-led organization (CBO)
Gender and Diversity (500 characters)
Gender equality is considered an integral part of all our policies, programs and projects. OGOW EMR strives to address gender inequality and prioritize women’s empowerment by developing internships, workshops and health strategies to promote the advancement of women and girls. We recognize that gender inequality negatively impacts development in our country. Our program seeks to ensure women and girls participate in all levels of decision-making.
Organization Location (less than 250 Characters)
Our company is registered in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Size of organization (number of employees):
Tell us more about you
Khalid, Founder • Provide overall governance of initiatives as it relates to both short and long-term goals • Promote profitability and growth in a sustainable and responsible manner • Ensure that our start-up is aligned to 17 sustainability goal • Provide updates to both the funding agency and steering committee using an agreed upon format. Mohammad, Developer Has more than 13 years of experience in software architect, designing, development, testing and of Windows/Desktop applications and Mobile applications.
OGOW EMR developed a steering committee comprised of local doctors and Somali academics to ensure that the project is well executed, monitored and reviewed throughout the period of implementation.