With over 2 million people living with HIV, India is home to the third-largest HIV epidemic worldwide.
In 2017, IBM, the Global Fund and the India HIV/AIDS Alliance partnered to pilot a tablet-based mobile app in select districts in India to improve the quality of care for people living with HIV and TB. They each contributed their strength and expertise, and all partners benefited. It was the perfect test case for a technology solution that could transform care.
eMpower is a digital health solution that improves the efficiency of frontline community health workers through the use of a mobile app. It helps monitor services provided, speeds up reporting, and helps link clients with health care facilities and social protection schemes. It also facilitates a timely response to any shortages of medicines.
Now India, the Global Fund and IBM have a tool that can be expanded and adapted to serve more communities more effectively.
The pilot was an instant success and was quickly scaled up to cover the whole of India. The user-friendly software allows health workers to track people living with HIV, makes sure they are adhering to treatment, uploads data, and ensures confidentiality. An estimated 1.2 million people were tracked with the app between January 2018 and March 2019, and more than 2 million patients across India have benefited from eMpower to date.
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