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emocha® | WHAT'S NEW | CCGHE ACTIVITIES

CCGHE has provided strategic leadership in the use of mobile technology to optimize health outcomes in resource-limited settings (RLS) from developing an award-winning mobile health (mHealth) application, emocha®, which has been implemented in research projects in more than nine countries, to hosting the inaugural GETHealth Summit in 2013, which convened global leaders and innovators in health and technology to address the health workforce gap in developing countries.

emocha®

Secure and highly adaptable, the CCGHE-developed electronic mobile comprehensive health application (emocha®) was designed to assist health programs, researchers, health care providers, and patients in improving communication, education, patient care, and data collection (view a brief video). Initially implemented in Uganda, CCGHE has since collaborated with partners in Afghanistan, Central America, India, Bangladesh, Zambia, Ethiopia and the US to develop novel emocha®-based applications tailored to local needs.  A variety of emocha® projects are being deployed and evaluated in a wide-range of health and research programs; CCGHE project areas have included community and home-based strategies to optimize HIV counseling and testing, HIV treatment adherence, TB diagnosis and treatment (e.g., miDOT ), malaria prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, reduction of IV drug use, management of chronic diseases, prevention of domestic violence and oral cancer screening. In late 2013, emocha® was exclusively licensed and spun off as a start-up company, emocha Mobile Health Inc., and continues to grow in scope and impact. For more information, visit emocha.com.

WHAT'S NEW

CCGHE Director Bob Bollinger leads off 2nd GETHealth Summit

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CCGHE mHEALTH ACTIVITIES

Feasibility and Acceptability of Smartphone-Based Ecological Momentary Assessment of Alcohol Use Among African American Men Who Have Sex With Men in Baltimore

Project Ongoing?: 
No
CCGHE Leadership: 
Primary Aim(s): 
  • To assess the feasibility of using mobile technologies to collect ecological momentary assessment data of alcohol use and sexual behaviors among MSM in Baltimore.
  • To determine whether daily experience (e.g. venues of alcohol use, drinking partners) predicts risky sexual behaviors.

MDR-TB South Africa - Patient Linkage to and Retention in Care

Project Ongoing?: 
Yes
Primary Aim(s): 
  • Reduce time to treatment initiation among MDR-TB patients from 56% to 75% for newly diagnosed persons.
  • Improve MDR-TB patient outcomes
  • Implement coordinated communication among and across TB treatment facilities and timely and efficient access to lab results from the National Laboratory System

GETHealth Summit 2014

Project Ongoing?: 
Yes
Primary Aim(s): 
  • Bridge the health workforce gap in developing countries by convening innovators in global health, global health education and information technology (IT) to develop and discuss initiatives designed to empower providers in the world's most resource-limited regions 

GETHealth Summit 2013

Project Ongoing?: 
No
Primary Aim(s): 
  • Convene a global audience of global health and information technology innovators to generate new partnerships, insights and initiatives that will more effectively leverage the three information technology (IT) domains (infrastructure, device and software) to address the critical health workforce gap in developing countries 

Perceptions and acceptability of mHealth interventions: a mixed methods study using emocha®

Project Ongoing?: 
No
CCGHE Leadership: 
Primary Aim(s): 
  • Assess the acceptability and feasibility of using mHealth technology to facilitate HIV/AIDS care delivered by community health workers (CHWs) in urban Uganda
  • Guide the development and implementation of novel, task-shifting mHealth HIV/AIDS care interventions in a community-based clinic in Kampala, Uganda

HIV screening of sex workers

Project Ongoing?: 
No
Primary Aim(s): 
  • Optimize AIDS control programs in Afgahanistan by using an emocha®-based mHealth application to electronically and securely collect sensitive data from female sex workers

Ecobiosocial approach for dengue vector control

Project Ongoing?: 
No
Primary Aim(s): 
  • Improve dengue prevention by using a novel emocha® application to facilitate collection and analysis of data on host ecological, biological and social (eco-bio-social) determinants of vector density (a proxy for dengue transmission)
  • Develop and evaluate a sustainable, community-centered management intervention directed at vector control using a mobile emocha®-based framework

PreventionRx study: home-based counseling and testing in Uganda

Project Ongoing?: 
Yes
Primary Aim(s): 
  • Optimize HIV prevention and care among those at highest risk for transmiting HIV using an emocha® application to support standard home-based counseling and testing (HBCT) 

DOmestic Violence Enhanced home visitation and smart phones (DOVE)

Project Ongoing?: 
Yes
Primary Aim(s): 
  • Optimize risk assessment for domestic violence and referral for care among pregnant women by supporting home visitation with a novel emocha® application

Technology-enhanced peer navigation to improve injection drug user (IDU) engagement in HIV care

Project Ongoing?: 
No
Primary Aim(s): 
  • Evaluate an emocha®-based mHealth intervention to improve retention-in-care and ART adherence among out-of-care, HIV-infected injection drug users (IDUs) 

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