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HP Establishes A Tech-Lab For Medical Research In Kenya

by Milicent Atieno

HP East Africa in partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and Kenya’s Ministry of Health (MOH) have launched an education lab in Strathmore University. The launching of this lab is expected to increase access to healthcare to all Kenyan citizens. The lab is equipped with server racks, software and all-in-one thin clients provided by HP.

The launching of this lab is expected to provide the University faculty and the students with technology they would require to come up with information systems that can be deployed to support public health delivery.

HP, Human Progress Initiatives, Director, Paul Ellingstad said “We believe that technology can accelerate innovation and research, enabling organization to increase the positive impact on society. Our partnership with Strathmore University, CHAI and the Ministry of Health illustrates how collaboration among the right partners and the right technology creates more effective and more efficient solutions that improve access to quality healthcare and strengthen health systems. That’s what innovation is all about.”

With the installation of the lab at Strathmore University, HP has facilitated students to utilize the app in coming up with innovative web-based solutions which can be deployed in large scales to public health facilities across Kenya. The Ministry of Health headquarter’s data center which is also supported by HP will be hosting all of the applications developed by the students. The solutions developed will then be connected to remote clinics, help them in running diagnosis, effect life-saving treatments and enable doctors and nurses to have access to medical data in real-time. This will go a long way in improving policy and decision making.

Prior to launching this project, HP also played a key role in the developing of the Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV (EID) technology infrastructure. An initiative started in Kenya and later expanded to Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. EID automates testing for HIV in infants, thereby increasing their odds for surviving.

HP East Africa Managing Director Charles Kuria said, “Programs such as the EID system highlight the positive impact that can be made on global health by rethinking processes and innovating solutions with governments, universities and NGO partners. Through this ongoing collaboration, HP and our partners are helping modernize systems and develop technology-based solutions that dramatically expand access to medical professionals, improve care and save lives.”

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