Mobile Emergency Primary Care Units

As a result of the conflict in Ukraine in 2015, there were over 1.5 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country. Access to emergency primary health care and specialized care was severely impacted. Large displacement of populations due to war leads to a range of severe health hazards, exacerbated by such access issues. Mobile emergency primary health care units (MEPUs) are the best practice for responding to such emergency situations, due in part to their ability to travel to the most at-risk populations to provide health services.

eSHIFT and its partners worked to provide support in the implementation of a DHIS2 based system for encounter data collection and the capturing of basic health records. Each MEPU was equipped with a tablet for integrated case-based surveillance, with clinical decision support, prescribing, and real-time reporting central features of the system.

Over the course of the pilot, 25,000 patient encounters were logged in the system. The remote deployment and technical support of the tablets enabled the project be a cost-effective solution for data capture in the field. This project proved that rapid development methods can be successful in the field, and that Enterprise Mobile Management and mobile technologies can fundamentally improve the likelihood of project success.