Leveraging mHealth to Strengthen Health Systems and Improve Care

Over the last fifteen years, mobile and electronic technologies have dramatically changed the health sector landscape. When used appropriately, mHealth technologies can help strengthen essential system functions as part of broader system strengthening efforts to improve quality of care and health outcomes. As health systems extend coverage of essential services in the era of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), it is imperative to optimize the design and use of mHealth technologies that can best augment health system and service delivery improvement efforts.

Bridging the Gaps: Leveraging m/eHealth to Achieve Strong Health Systems and High Quality Care in Low-Resource Settings

Washington, DC

This technical working group meeting was convened by the USAID ASSIST Project with key mHealth and eHealth stakeholders and experts for the purpose of reviewing a working framework for selecting technological solutions that can help bridge quality and systems gaps to improve health care in resource-limited settings.  The meeting also sought to build consensus on established, emerging, and needed mHealth and eHealth solutions that best address critical quality and systems gaps in low-resource settings and identify areas of collaboration for implementation and research.

Computer-based Training for Tuberculosis Education in Indonesia

To support the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) of Indonesia in its efforts to train private health care practitioners in tuberculosis (TB) directly observed treatment, the USAID Health Care Improvement Project was asked by USAID to update and adapt for Indonesia a computer-based training product that had previously been developed for Bolivia by the USAID-funded Quality Assurance Project.

In collaboration with the NTP, the Indonesian Medical Association (Ikatan Dokter Indonesia, or IDI), the Indonesian Midwife Association (IBI), and the Indonesian National Nurses Association (PPNI), HCI and its local partner One Comm developed a computer-based training package in Bahasa Indonesia for medical and other health practitioners. Launched in July 2011, the training program has nine modules that are based on the International Standards for Tuberculosis Care (ISTC):Cover of the Tuberculosis Training Course on CD

  1. Introduction, history, and epidemiology of TB
  2. Pathogenesis of TB infection and tuberculosis disease
  3. Diagnosis of TB infection and TB disease
  4. Treatment of TB infection and TB disease
  5. Treatment of TB in children
  6. Adherence to TB treatment
  7. TB and HIV infection
  8. Multi-drug resistant TB diagnosis and management 
  9. TB infection prevention and control

The English translation of the nine self-paced training modules developed for Indonesia may be accessed by clicking the image to the right or this link: Click to open training.

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Care That Counts eLearning Course for Quality Improvement in Programs for Vulnerable Children

This eLearning course is designed for in-country Ministry personnel, international non-governmental organizations (NGO), national NGOs, USAID Mission staff, or anyone interested in learning more about using quality improvement principles to strengthen programs for vulnerable children. This course can also be used to educate and advocate for quality improvement in programming for vulnerable children.

Module 1 is an Introduction to Quality Improvement and takes about 30 minutes to complete. It includes a pre-assessment test for the learner to see what they know and what they can learn more about. It then introduces the principles of quality improvement and explains how they are used in improving the quality of programming for vulnerable children. Module 2 covers Best Practices in Improving Quality of Care for Vulnerable Children: The Quality Improvement Road Map. This module takes one to three hours to complete. Learners are guided along the steps in the quality improvement road map, which include creating awareness, building commitment, developing standards, implementing standards, and taking stock. The course ends with a post-test to see what learners have learned and a certificate of completion that can be printed.

Click the image to start each module.


Module 1


Module 2



This course can be downloaded for offline use on CD-ROM or flash drive. The file is 65.4 MB.