MyHealth@Hand: An application to promote self management of (expecting) mothers in Uganda

The digital health revolution not only affects the quality of life for millions, it will also help transform unsustainable healthcare systems into sustainable ones, improve the relationship between healthcare providers and patients, with medical data digital available for doctor and patient will provide faster, affordable, and more effective solutions.

Making use of the digital health revolution, we traveled to Uganda, Kampala during the last week of April with the first version of the MyHealth@Hand app. MyHealth@Hand is a two-part mobile application for healthcare workers and (pregnant) women. It combines mother and child health information, medical data and direct communication with their midwife to improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes. Extra information and health trackers promote self-management of the mother to be, knowing that she will keep ownership of her own and her newborn’s data.

We piloted our solution at the Kibuli Muslim Hospital where we trained 12 healthcare workers who will, in turn, recruit women to start using the app. The pilot phase will run for a period of six weeks after which we will return to Kampala to learn and have feedback from our participants’ experiences. We are looking forward to our next trip!

To be continued…