Words are not scary: Fighting the Chagas disease with innovation

Words are not scary: Fighting the Chagas disease with innovation

Friday, 23rd November 2018

Last Wednesday, the “WHO Meeting of Partners and Stakeholders for the control and elimination of Chagas disease” was held at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons, on behalf of UniversalDoctor, was honored to participate as one of the Partners of the WHO Chagas Unit.

Different initiatives related to innovative instruments and strategies were presented at this Meeting led by Dr. Pedro Albajar with the objective of pushing the Agenda for the Control/Elimination of Chagas disease:

1) Chagas disease control and elimination – Review of epidemiological definitions and updated objectives: According to WHO: “Chagas disease, also called American trypanosomiasis, is a life-threatening disease caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. There are between 6 and 7 million people infected with Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease Chagas disease is found mainly in endemic areas of 21 countries in Latin America, where it is transmitted to humans primarily by faeces or urine of triatomine insects known as vinchucas, chinches or with many other names, according to the geographical zone.”

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Dr. Lise Grout detailed the WHO objectives for 2030 very precisely.

2) Awareness, detection and research through a dual epidemiology approach in a mobile App: Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons presented a new collaboration of UniversalDoctor with the WHO and detailed the work we are doing with the Chagas unit developing Applications and Chatbots to create an Information Hub that helps improve knowledge, detection and research among health professionals and patients.

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We want to highlight the concept of “Missed Opportunity” in all these types of tools: It is very important that a cardiologist or a family doctor does not miss the opportunity to make a possible Chagas disease diagnosis. With digital tools, particularly an educational chatbot that we are building, we want to ensure that these “Missed Opportunities” do not occur.

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3) Business Process Management System of medical supplies, related documents and epidemiological information.

Dr. Albert Abello of the UPC explained the control system for the elimination of NTDs (Neglected Tropical Diseases) that are being developed jointly with WHO.

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Words are not scary

During the seminar: “WHO Seminar at lunch time on information, education and communication for the control / elimination of Chagas disease and Beat Chagas”, directed by Dr. Jordi Gómez, the singer Jofre Bardagi sang the song : Words are not scary.

This song has been supported and sung by well-known singers such as Juan Manuel Serrat and Rosana among others. (in the photo below the singer Jofre Bardagi singing in room B of the WHO).

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Partners and Stakeholders Support:

The number of Partners in this alliance is diverse and in some cases they are Partners of great significance in the world of research in the healthcare domain, including institutions such as Mundo Sano, Chagas Coalition, DNDi-Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, FIND-, PROSICS, Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, National Control Program of Qualidade (Brazil), ISGlobal, Probitas Foundation, Bayer, Sanofi, Sapienza University, CONICET, among others.

It is an honor for UniversalDoctor to work with all of them on the WHO Agenda for the Control / Elimination of Chagas disease.

 

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UniversalDoctor Partners with Chatbotsforhealth to Deploy Public Health Chatbots Worldwide

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UniversalDoctor is proud to announce a new partnership with Pastel Health, an exciting company based in Paris, France, that is reinventing remote communication between patients and healthcare professionals by bringing dynamic, API-powered chatbot creation to the healthcare space.

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Our collaboration will empower healthcare professionals, medical centers and
institutions across the globe to create and deploy their own chatbots without any coding knowledge using the innovative platform by chatbotsforhealth.
Why chatbots, you ask? Dr. Durand, the co-founder of Pastel Health, together with Frederic Gonnet, and innovative physician behind the platform, explains “Chatbots are the new generation of user interfaces. They provide unlimited possibilities to solve healthcare problems, because they instantly adapt to the user, thanks to natural language processing.”
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Chatbots can be an important piece of the puzzle to improving access to public health, as Dr. Jordi Serrano-Pons, the Founder of UniversalDoctor, explains, “Healthcare systems around the world will need to adopt, deploy and promote new tools such as chatbots in order to advance the Sustainable Development Goals by expanding access to healthcare and validated information as much as possible. That is why we are going to focus in the development of Public Health and ‘Medicine-On-the-Go’ Chatbots at UniversalDoctor to help in this process.”
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We are excited to embark on this new adventure with Pastel Health. If you’re interested in learning more about the chatbotsforhealth platform and building your own custom chatbot, contact us at chatbotsforhealth@universaldoctor.com.

 

Crowd translation network for Ebola outbreak

Crowd translation network for Ebola outbreak

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UniversalDoctor has launched a non-profit initiative for the Ebola outbreak: Translation4Outbreaks.

Translations 4 Outbreaks is a crowd-translation platform to translate Ebola information for patients and medical personnel into as many languages as possible. The platform harnesses the language skills of people from across the world (the ‘crowd’) by making it easy for them to help translate important healthcare and outbreak information into different languages.

The content of the Ebola messages on the platform comes from different public health authorities (CDC, MSF etc) who provide credible information on Ebola. All translations will be offered as free PDFs on the website for anyone to download and use.

Applications are accepted from people all over the world to help with this crowd-translation effort so if you would be interested in helping, spread the word !

www.translations4outbreaks.com

Read recent news article about Translations 4 Outbreaks here.

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Give mothers a chance !

Give mothers a chance !

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“Give mothers a chance !” – says Dr. Véronique Thouvenot while presenting the Zero Mothers Die project during the Fashion 4 Development First Ladies Annual Luncheon in New York, where the picture above was taken. At her side, another co-founder of ZMD, Jordi Serrano Pons.

Dr. Véronique Thouvenot, the director of the WeObservatory and one of the co-founders of Zero Mothers Die, has recently spent an entire week attending numerous events in NY dedicated to global health challenges, mHealth and Women’s health (see previous post).

The highlight of the week was the official launch of  Zero Mothers Die by Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, at the Women Leaders Forum inside the UN Headquarter during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly on September 22nd. 7605130The Mum’s Phone, a unique $30 mobile phone designed for pregnant women, was launched as a key element of ZMD to highlight…

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Zero Mothers Die Mobile Health Project Presented to Government of Ghana

 

UniversalDoctor is one of the three lead organizations of Zero Mothers Die, a mobile health project launched by a multistakeholder public-private partnership to improve maternal health through the systematic use of information & communication technologies (ICTs) and mobile health. Today, Zero Mothers Die was presented by Jeannine Lemaire, the Project Coordinator, to the Government of Ghana and the UN system in Ghana, in cooperation with UNAIDS Ghana, our key local partner.

 

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This meeting was convened by the Chief Director of the Ministry of Health of Ghana, with representatives from the following agencies in attendance: Office of the First Lady, Ministry of Health (several components, including the Ghana Health Service and the National AIDS Control Program), Ghana AIDS Commission, Ministry of Communication, National Communication Agency, Greater Accra Regional Ministry, Municipality of Accra, Accra Regional Health Service, AirTel Ghana, UNAIDS, WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS-Geneva and Partners.

 

Ghana has been chosen as the first implementation country for Zero Mothers Die project, with the support of the Ministry of Health and Office of the First Lady. To find out more about the project, download the full project document.

 

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TicSalut Foundation Signs Agreement with UniversalDoctor

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The TicSalut Foundation, an agency within the Ministry of Health of Catalonia, signs a new agreement with UniversalDoctor. The deal will facilitate the use of a new version of the UniversalDoctor Speaker app in Catalan health centres.

UniversalDoctor Speaker is an online platform that makes it possible to improve communication between patients and health personnel when they do not share the same language. It is presently implemented in Catalonia in the Catalan Health Institute’s primary care centres and in a number of centres in the Public Hospitals Network (XHUP). The platform, which was developed in Catalonia, has also been implemented abroad, in countries including Belgium, Norway, Scotland, Italy and Portugal.

The agreement with UniversalDoctor makes it possible for Catalan health centres to use this technology platform under advantageous conditions, providing an effective support tool for communication in different languages that complements the role of the intercultural mediator. The platform’s popularity within the primary care network and its experience and expansion abroad speak to its reliability,” said Dr. Francesc García Cuyàs, director of the TicSalut Foundation and general coordinator of the Catalan Health Ministry’s information and communication technologies.

UniversalDoctor Speaker offers a simple and intuitive IT program that enables medical records to be handled and the right treatments prescribed in 13 languages in different clinical scenarios. With this tool, any health professional can pose more than 2,000 questions and provide explanations in English, Russian, French, German, Portuguese, Romanian, Moroccan Arabic, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Urdu, Polish and Dutch. A new version will strongly reinforce the Russian language and include a form of Arabic more characteristic of the Near East. The majority of these questions and answers are accompanied by audio excerpts, improving communication with patients who have difficulties in correctly understanding explanations in the health professional’s language. All of the translations have been created and reviewed by professional translators who specialise in medical translations.

UniversalDoctor Speaker is a highly consolidated and strongly validated tool which we believe can be of great use to professionals. The agreement signed with the TicSalut Foundation also means that centres which acquire the tool will have the technical and training support required for its implementation,” said Jordi Serrano, founder of the UniversalDoctor project.

See original article here (in Catalan):

http://www.ticsalut.cat/actualitat/noticies/seccio/31/52/ticsalut-signa-un-conveni-amb-universaldoctor#

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