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Open-source system: Sana

Sana is an open-source system that uses cellphones to collect and transmit medical data

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Improving patient care by bridging the divide between doctors and data scientists

I had the pleasure of touring Dr. Celi's lab a couple of years ago, and remained intrigued with this project. Sana is, aside from an open-source system that uses cellphones to collect data, it is also a collection of technical, medical, and community experts. They organize sessions with universities and health organizations in rural and underserved areas. A couple of questions that I think about: what successes or roadblocks have they experienced in this training? And, in the case of sexual health, how can we leverage mobile data collection to prevent, and treat issues in remote regions (or maybe not even remote)?

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Isabel, great inspiration and questions.
It seems that data collection is a major issue - to develop a better understanding of needs and behaviors, and thus develop better products and services. I am also wondering if crowdsourcing the efforts could not also be a way to empower young people.
Check my conversation with Kim Kimosop and Eunice Kajala  in the comments of this post https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/youth-srh/research/sms-based-platform-to-provide-sexual-health-education/comments#comments-sectionEunice also has a very interesting post on a similar topic https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/youth-srh/research/data-collection-via-mobile-assisted-platform-on-health-behaviors-services-needs-and-coverage-that-examine-adolescents-in-tanzania

Looking forward to seeing how projects like Sana can inspire us during the ideation phase.

PS: could you add a picture to illustrate Sana.