Enhances user productivity, improves healthcare services and increases care coordination.
Improves the accuracy of diagnoses, treatment and health outcomes by utilising automated, rigorous and robust decision support systems.
Investigates the impact of the technology from a user and community perspective.
We're documenting each step of the Supporting LIFE project.
These documentaries are intended to capture and communicate the obstacles
and successes of the Supporting LIFE project.
Tune in and see the progress that we're making!
Supporting LIFE is an entirely open source project which hopes to
make a substantial difference in the remotest parts of Africa.
We follow an agile scrum-based development methodology aiming to deliver frequent and regular software updates throughout the development lifecycle. Track our progress, as well as sneak previews!, by checking out our latest release videos.
Supporting LIFE uses mobile and web-based architectural solutions.
We develop in Java for android-based devices to create dynamic and
robust decision-making tools to assist medical professionals out in
We use RESTful web services to coordinate medical data flow to our web servers running on Amazon EC2 instances. Our middle-tier is constructed using the Spring framework, JPA and Maven. The web-based front-end uses HTML 5.0, Bootstrap, JQuery, Ajax, with a little bit of CSS 3.0 animation thrown in for good measure.
We're big fans of automated testing, and especially Jenkins, to ensure the logical sanity of our android and middle-tier solutions! If any of the above sounds interesting, we're always excited in hearing from individuals who would like to help us out!.
Supporting LIFE has a rich technological knowledge base to help
adopters understand our approach and to reduce time to uptake.
Our knowledge base provides clear guidelines on how to build and contribute to the Supporting LIFE codebase. It also shows those who are just interested in using the app, how to get up and running quickly.
For anyone who would like to see where our technological journey will take us, there is a product roadmap of up and coming features.
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Currently, Dr O' Connor is an Information Systems post-doctoral researcher on the FP7 Supporting LIFE project within the Health Information Systems Research Center (HISRC), Business Information Systems at University College Cork. The Supporting LIFE project explores the potential of mobile health use in developing countries by community health workers. In particular, her research focuses on (a) community health workers' decision making processes and (b) health-related outcomes associated with a decision support system; namely, electronic community case management. Outside of research, Yvonne is currently lead User Interface (UI) analyst for the Supporting LIFE project. This work involves prototyping and designing graphic user interfaces (GUIs) for both the Supporting LIFE application and website
Dr. Timothy O' Sullivan is the Senior Software Engineer on the FP7 Supporting Life project. His research interests include context-aware systems, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and cloud computing. He received a BSc in Computer Science from Cork Institute of Technology in 1999, an MSc in Computer Networks in 2001 and a PhD in Computer Science in 2005, both from University College Cork, Ireland. In 2011, he received an MBA in Engineering Management from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK. He has published in a number of national and international journals and conference proceedings. Timothy has over ten years industrial experience working in senior engineering and team leading roles in the fields of investment banking, industrial automation, and telecommunications.
Siobhan O'Connor is a researcher on the FP7 Supporting LIFE project. She is a Registered General Nurse (RGN), with a background in informatics. She received a first class honours B.Sc. Nursing from University College Cork in 2013 and an honours B.Sc. Business Information Systems degree from University College Cork in 2004. She spent several years working in the international financial services industry before refocusing her career to healthcare. She is currently undertaking doctoral studies at the University of Glasgow and her PhD research is focusing on the implementation of public engagement strategies to recruit patients and their carer to digital health and wellbeing technologies and services. She has won several awards for her innovative use of mobile technology in nursing education and practice and has published in a number of national and international journals and conferences. She is a member of the Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI), the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) and the British Computer Society (BCS).
Deirdre joined the UCC Health Information Systems Research Centre in February 2014 as a Research Assistant and additionally became Project Co-ordinator of the Malawi e-Health Research Institute in May 2014. She is research and administrative assistant for Supporting LIFE from September 2014.
She received a degree in Public Health & Health Promotion from University College Cork in 2009, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Glasgow. After graduating from Glasgow in 2010, Deirdre went on to work with Scottish HIV Charity - Waverley Care in Edinburgh, of which a period of time was spent working for the charity with Malawian prisoners in Lilongwe. She has research experience having worked on an evaluation of BreastCheck - Ireland's breast cancer screening programme, and also works as a health promotion officer for UCC's Health Matters initiative. She most recently completed a Masters in Management with the Institute of Public Administration in August 2014.
Matthew currently holds the position of the Helen D. Cohen endowed Professor of Family Medicine and Vice Chair for Research at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is also a part-time Family Doctor and has worked clinically in the UK, Africa, and the USA. Matthew's research is centred on improving diagnosis of children with infections in primary care settings, as well as better management of non-communicable diseases in adults, through the use of technological innovation and development of new diagnostic tools. He has expertise in qualitative research, observational studies, randomized/non-randomized controlled designs and systematic reviews.
He has led the development of new standards for using vital signs and clinical prediction rules in children to identify those with serious illnesses, including meningococcal disease. His other major area of work is improving the diagnosis and treatment of children and adults with respiratory tract infections to enable GPs to better discriminate between those presenting with self-limiting illness and those with serious respiratory infection who would benefit from antibiotics. In conjunction with these areas of work, he is evaluating the role of new diagnostic technologies in primary care settings.
He has over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, many of which are in the world's leading journals. He has been directly involved in evidence syntheses and guideline development for the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Cochrane Collaboration and the United States Preventative Services Task Force
Victoria has varied research interests, but her work to date has predominantly involved coordinating and managing clinical studies in both primary and secondary care. Victoria led the recruitment of a randomized controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of Brief Interventions for reducing alcohol consumption in hazardous and harmful alcohol users, admitted to a hospital in Glasgow. She has recently coordinated recruitment of 2,000 children across central England for a research programme seeking to develop and validate a clinical prediction rule to enable GPs to better identify children with serious infections who would benefit from antibiotics. She also managed recruitment of 600 adults to the 3Cplus study investigating the association between colonization and commensal carriage of respiratory pathogens and patient's self-reported symptom severity and fever as well as the subsequent development of complications.
She is currently undertaking two systematic reviews evaluating the diagnostic accuracy of vital signs in predicting serious infection in children under five.
Dr John O'Donoghue is a Senior Lecturer in eHealth at Imperial College London and Deputy Director of its Global eHealth Unit. He received his B.Sc. in Computer Science and a research M.Sc. in Real-Time Systems and Simulation from the Department of Mathematics and Computing, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland and a PhD from the Department of Computer Science at University College Cork, Ireland. He has published in a number of national\international journals and conference proceedings in the area of eHealth and mhealth for both developed and developing countries. His main research areas include: Pervasive Data Management, Quality of Data, Health Informatics and Medical based Information Systems. For his doctoral research, he received the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ballou/Pazer DQ/IQ Research Award, which recognises a PhD dissertation that demonstrates a significant contribution to the field of Information Quality (IQ).
The Global eHealth Unit is an international research hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in health care. It is a multidisciplinary team, collaborating on a number of local, national and international activities. It rigorous approach to research and development work provides a strong evidence base for influencing policy and improving health education and practice.
Examples of projects which John is currently involved with include, detection and management of acutely ill patients on hospital wards, data management modelling for clinical trials, use of mHealth technology to identify illness in children in developing countries, and development of systems for integrated chronic disease management.
Joseph Wu graduated from National Taiwan University with Master degree and majored in Epidemiology in 2006. He is one of the pioneering researchers to assist Taiwan to develop the nationwide syndromic surveillance system during the post-SARS period. He is the Program Manager of the Department of Overseas Service in Pingtung Christian Hospital in Taiwan since 2008, Malawi Country Representative since 2008 and the Acting Regional Representative of Luke International in Southern Africa since 2013. He is also a lecture in Mzuzu University since 2009.
His research domain is diseases surveillance system and public health system strengthening through technology. He is leading an integrated capacity building program of health informatics in Malawi (iCBP-him) funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the LIN's team of the Supporting LIFE project.
Jenny Hsieh graduated from National Taiwan University with Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She joined Luke International in 2013. Her major duties include coordinating implementation and research activities for Luke International and the Supporting LIFE project in Malawi, supervising student research and liaising with different partners. She is also a lecturer in Mzuzu University, lecturing Epidemiology and Research Methodology at the Biomedical Sciences Department. She is passionate about connecting research with program implementation.
Rebecca W Mtegha is the Administrator and Project Coordinator for various projects at Luke International Malawi. Rebecca joined the organization in 2009 just as it was being registered with the government of Malawi. Major duties involve administering the office, active communication and coordination between various projects, managing staff relations, reporting to different stakeholders and other notable duties. Rebecca can handle multitasking and able to deliver results at a set timeframe. Rebecca has innovative and analytical skills which Rebecca has developed during her tenure at Luke International and a stint at educational institutions. Rebecca is currently based in Mzuzu, Malawi. Rebecca holds Business Administration qualifications majoring in Management.
Mr. Dominic Nyirongo is the Work Pack leader and LEAR on the FP7 Supporting LIFE Project at Ungweru. Dominic is also the Executive Secretary for Ungweru. His interests are in bringing positive change in the lives of the rural poor. He graduated from University of Malawi, Bunda College of Agriculture with a BSc in Agriculture (Rural development and Extension). He received an MSc in Strategic Management from University of Derby in UK. Dominic has over 12 years experience in rural and community development and in project management.
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Tiwonge Kawonga is a lecturer in ICT department at Mzuzu University. He has a Bsc. in electrical engineering (University of Malawi) and Msc. in electrical engineering (Wits University). He has published conference papers in use of middleware in provisioning of distributed applications and resource provisioning in optical networks. His current research interests are in the performance of wireless networks, wireless sensor networks, development of mobile applications for developing countries' problems and security in wireless and distributed application environment. He is a member of supporting Life project from the ICT department of Mzuzu University.
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Dr Jeanette Mueller is founder and CEO of accelopment. She has over 20 years of experience in the acquisition and management of publicly funded projects (IT, life sciences, social sciences and renewable energies) and has specialised in R&D and innovation projects. Thanks to several executive positions in IT, other companies and her own enterprises, Jeanette knows how to organise projects efficiently and to serve different stakeholders. After graduating in Economic Geography at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) and the Université de Perpignan (France), Jeanette acquired her PhD at the University of Wales Aberystwyth (UK) in the field of European funding programmes.
At accelopment, Edina Gallos is responsible for the dissemination of several EU-funded multinational research projects and is involved in the planning, coordination and execution of the company's own marketing and communication activities. Edina has over a decade of professional experience in design and communication and an academicic background in humanities and social sciences. Following her training as a multimedia producer, she worked in various fields of digital arts including web design and development, later specialising in corporate communications for both printed and electronic media as well as in e-Learning.
Sven Carlsson is Professor of Informatics at Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM). His current research interests include: the use of ICT/IS to support management processes, business intelligence, knowledge management, enterprise systems, technochange, IT management and governance, design and redesign of e-business, and health information systems. He has a keen interest in the use of critical realism in IS research and IS design science research. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers and his work has appeared in journals like Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Sciences, Information Systems Journal, and Information & Management. Carlsson is a regional editor for Knowledge Management Research and Practice (he is a co-founder of the journal).
Bo Andersson is a senior lecturer at Lund University and holds a PhD in Informatics. He is conducting research within the mobility domain, from development to use. Areas of special interest are mobile payment solutions and mobile applications for organizational use. He also teaches requirements engineering and modeling at Lund University. He is the former CTO of 21st Century Mobile Solutions, a development company in Sweden.
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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement N° 305292.