Dr Christopher Seebregts
Jembi is a non-profit digital health research and innovation organisation that implements digital health systems in Africa as well as globally. Working in partnership with public and private organisations, its aim is to strengthen health systems and assist public health care beneficiaries and providers in low-resource settings.
Jembi’s flagship projects contribute to the development, implementation and integration of open-source digital health global goods, focusing on health data collection, management and reporting. These include the Open Medical Record System (OpenMRS), an open-source interoperability middleware, the Open Health Information Mediator (OpenHIM), an open health information community, the open health information exchange (OpenHIE) and the Health AppStore, a bespoke open source management tool for mobile apps, devices and healthcare workers. These tools have changed how health data is collected and managed and, in some cases, provide the only source of information for patient management and programme monitoring. They also form part of wider systems used to deliver progammes like MomConnect, a maternal health messaging programme in South Africa, which uses the OpenHIM and has serviced more than five million pregnant women in the public health system in South Africa.
Jembi has implemented OpenMRS nationally in Mozambique to collect and collate patient data for HIV programmes making it one of the largest implementations of OpenMRS in Africa. OpenMRS has also been implemented OpenMRS in Cameroon. Jembi has also implemented an innovative portable digital immunization card using NFC (Near Field Communication) and mobile phone technology to strengthen immunization programmes in cross-border populations in Kenya and Uganda.