Hosted in collaboration with Mobenzi

7-9 December 2015

Groote Schuur Hospital Inclusive Innovation Hub

The Challenge

Mobenzi asked groups to create apps that can help front-line health workers to better support new and expecting mothers through pregnancy and caring for a new baby. Mobenzi is a local company that provides mobile technology that underpins the important work of health workers.

Their challenge was for each group to create an app that can help a health worker calculate the expected due date of a pregnant mother. From there, groups could add other functionality as they deemed appropriate.

Andi, MD of Mobenzi, explains how Mobenzi empowers front line health workers and informs decision makers.

Andi, MD of Mobenzi, explains how Mobenzi empowers front line health workers and informs decision makers.

Marinthea, who started at Mobenzi as a software developer and is now an analyst, explains how to build an tool that can calculate a woman's expected due date.

Marinthea, who started at Mobenzi as a software developer and is now an analyst, explains how to build an tool that can calculate a woman’s expected due date.

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Andi and Marinthea of Mobenzi assist a group.

Groot Schuur Hospital Inclusive Innovation Hub

The Health CodeStorm was held at the Groote Schuur Hospital Inclusive Innovation Hub, which is a partnership between Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town with the aim of enabling inclusive healthcare innovation to occur right at the heart of the public healthcare system in the Western Cape Province.

Being right inside a hospital, it was easy to get real life feedback about the challenge.

On the first day of the CodeStorm healthcare professionals specialising in maternal health came to explain some of the challenges they face in their work and provided teams with ideas for how technology might aide their work. Charlotte explained how depression and anxiety are very prevalent in pregnant mothers and how one can screen to check if a mother is affected or not. Veronica expressed her concern that pregnant mothers need to be empowered to know their rights during childbirth and how to avoid neglect in the hospital.

On the second day of the CodeStorm, Sister Reyneke  came and tested the apps and provided valuable feedback to teams.

Katusha, Project Manager of Inclusive Healthcare Innovation, introduces us to the hub.

Katusha, Project Manager of Inclusive Healthcare Innovation, introduces us to the hub.

Speakers

To give us greater insight into South African health care, we had speakers share the different ways they are tackling health care improvement.

Heather Tuffin

Heather Tuffin is a medical doctor turned improvement scientist. She works with staff in the Western Cape provincial health system to improve patient care processes, with the joint aims of improving health outcomes and creating a greater level of joy in the workplace.

Vula Mobile

The VulaMobile team shared how they use technology to make doctors better able to care for patients in a really engaging talk. We even did a real eye test using a phone – turns out Azraa has great vision, phew.

The Teams

Participants formed teams of 6, with one tutor per team. All participants attended a 3 day preparatory JavaScript and jQuery workshop. The CodeStorm was open to any Code4CT participant who submitted an application, motivated why she would be interested in using technology to improve health care and completed the necessary preparatory workshops. This CodeStorm follows on from the 2 week code camp in July, a WordPress workshop in October and User Experience workshop.

Group 4 – Winning team

Babalwa, Zenande, Kukhanya, Malayka, Charney,  Tracy, Dani (tutor)

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Group 3

Sisipho, Wendy, Kholiswa, Sisanda, Lindokuhle, Nick (tutor)

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Group 2

Okuhle, Yolanda, Nwabisa, Ncebakazi, Khuselwa, Ian (tutor)

Group 2 built an app that estimates the due date of a patient based on the patients first day of their last period. This app also tells the nurse what information to give to the patient based on the trimester they are in and what changes their baby will go through. This app also offers the nurse the ability to give the patient a depression test and then give more information about depression and where to go and what to do after they have completed the test.

Group 1

Azraa, Saffyyah, Anique, Shaaista, Shafeeqah, Nompumelelo (tutor)

Group 1 built an app that assists and benefits health care workers and pregnant women to combat normal pregnancy issues and ensure a problem free pregnancy, birth and also a childhood.

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A big thank you to our tutors, Dani, Ian, Nompumelelo and Nick, for sharing their skills with the groups, Mobenzi for sharing their passion for using technology to improve healthcare, and the GSHIH for hosting us.

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