How it Works
VaxTrac is a technology platform that empowers health systems to strengthen quality of care for a number of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services. Using a mobile device at the point of service, a health worker can quickly identify a patient, access their health record and make decisions about upcoming care. The technology is designed to be used effectively by frontline health workers and is tailored to the realities of health care delivery in developing countries.
Continuum of Care
Routine immunization, as one of the most stable and established health services, can be used as a foundation on which to build a more comprehensive suite of tools for related services. VaxTrac is designed for frontline health workers and allows for robust patient identification , creating a system well-suited to support women through pregnancy and antenatal care, record vital statistics through birth registration, follow children through their immunization schedule and strengthen other early childhood interventions.
Countries can choose to include which modules help address their specific priorities and which complement existing initiatives. Linking them through a common platform mutually strengthens each individual health service. Having information about pregnant women in their community helps health workers provide support at birth, and knowing when and where births occur makes it easier to connect mothers and children to immunization services.
Approach to Design
We have learned that technology only works when it is applied thoughtfully and matched to specific needs. That’s why we adhere to three guiding concepts in our technology development.
- Prioritize the end user: We need to see the world through the eyes of a frontline health worker, understanding what they’re required to do on a daily basis and their pain points. We judge our success on whether we have enabled them to deliver higher quality health care.
- Strive for efficiency: Each implementation has unique challenges so we have designed the platform to be customizable, meaning that new projects can get up and running without having to start from square one. When countries don’t have to invest in development they can focus resources on operational activities. This also enables them to take the technology to whatever scale makes the most sense.
- Contribute as a partner: Thriving health systems rely on a well-connected network of accessible tools supported by a consortium of partners. We want to do our part by focusing on areas where we can add value, by promoting partner capabilities whenever possible and by integrating with existing systems. To do this in a sustainable way, we use open source tools and make our own technology free and openly accessible.