As we mention in the MOTECH Learning Curve, MOTECH is a diverse platform that can do many things. It’s like your local jack-of-all-trades who can look at a problem, pull from a diverse skillset and do a good job. If you want to interact directly with patients through IVR and SMS, MOTECH can do that. If you want to train frontline workers through the phone, MOTECH can do that. If you want to integrate with an open source system like OpenMRS, CommCare or DHIS2, MOTECH can do that too. These diverse capabilities make setup challenging for anyone who wishes to use the MOTECH platform. We understand this and are starting a series of blog posts and improved documentation designed for subject matter experts.
What is the MOTECH platform?
The MOTECH platform is a modular information system that can help you achieve your health outcomes. MOTECH has a core set of capabilities which can be extended by adding modules. The configuration is nearly limitless. MOTECH has been used in many situations to help SMEs collect information in remote environments, communicate with patients through automated voice calls and SMS as well as train frontline workers. MOTECH also has the ability to automatically communicate with other health systems. You identify your outcomes, link them to data needs and load the appropriate modules.
What has MOTECH been used for in the past?
The MOTECH platform has been used to:
- interact with pregnant women to assist with their prenatal care
- provide training to frontline workers through an interactive voice system
- extend the care of HIV and TB patients from the clinic to their homes offering pill reminder and tracking through their mobile phone.
- connect clinic and mobile phone systems to government public health systems
As mentioned above, each of these cases has focused on strengthening the health system and added to the capability of MOTECH. MOTECH is open source which means that everyone can contribute to the system. For example, if one organization creates a module, they can share it with others. That’s one of the reasons we have so many features.
How do I get started?
We provide access to a demo server, but it’s a generic installation that shows the basics of the MOTECH platform. It’s likely that you have a workflow in mind. If that’s the case, send us a message and our program managers will work with you. Our team has experience with many systems across the mHealth spectrum and will get you started.
Setting the stage for a new blog series
This is the first in a number of blog posts that focus on improving the experience of Subject Matter Experts. Next, we’re going to get in to some details on how to structure implementations and provide real examples by showing how to structure an immunization registry with MOTECH. We hope you’ll check back in two weeks as we continue.