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September 29, 2017

Bonus podcast: Dave Ross on low-tech informatics and the "box of rocks"

In 2002, the "box of rocks" allowed traditional birth attendants in Sierra Leone to capture essential vital statistics that went on to inform the Ministry of Health's maternal and child health efforts. Dave Ross considers this case study a "gold standard" for an information system that produces timely, granular data that can directly inform health interventions.

For many people, the term "informatics" is synonymous with "technology." It invokes buzzwords like "big data" and "the cloud." But in this special bonus episode of the podcast, Dr. Dave Ross delves into global health history to illustrate how a successful informatics solution can be built with some nails, planks of wood and paint–with a little bit of help from a bike messenger.

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Piper Hale, MPH

Assistant Director of Communications