A major challenge that the Global Healthcare community struggles with is ensuring that every child is properly vaccinated. Studies show that 9 out of 10 children in 73 of the world’s poorest countries are not getting the minimum recommended protection against infectious diseases, including the two biggest killers of children under 5: Pneumonia and Diarrhea. Needless to say, the Global Healthcare System needs a revolution.
The World Economic Forum highlights how this much needed change has the
potential to start with technology. As tech and social media companies embark
on their mission to reach everyone on a global scale, the idea that came to
mind is to harness the same innovations they use to allow everyone to have an
online presence, and use them to reach those who are in need of health care
For example, with the use of biometrics, data analytics systems, wireless
embedded sensors, and up and coming energy innovations, it should now be
possible to create affordable and secure digital ID systems that do not require
electricity. This would be leapfrogging the existing antiquated systems and
allow for children to have a unique medical record that follows them for life.
Meaning more and more children around the globe receiving the proper
immunizations to live long and happy lives.
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The humanitarian aid sector joined the world data trend, not only to clarify the
need for valuable, accessible and reliable data but also to help the need for
securing that data. One of the most important sectors that will be greatly
affected by quality data is health, as clarified by the World Economic Forum,
who is now focusing on improving data accessibility even in disconnected or
offgrid situations. iAID has seen data as a critical pilar that must be examined
in almost every technological project, to see how reliable information can be
collected and made accessible, so analysis can not only be made on the needs
in the field but also on the real effect of methodologies and solutions as in the
case of vaccines.
-Nir Tenenbaum, iAID Co-Founder and C.I.O