Making UW History: I-TECH Offices in India and Haiti Transition to In-Country Ownership, Turning Vision into Reality. These moves to in-country ownership in India, which has the third-largest HIV epidemic in the world, and Haiti, which has the highest prevalence of HIV infection in Latin American and the Caribbean, helped realize I-TECH's mission to strengthen local capacity and build sustainable national health systems in partnership with the local ministries of health.
Electronic Medical Record (EMR) System Optimizes Care for 1.2 Million in Haiti and Offers Global Model. I-TECH began work on Haiti's EMR system, known as iSanté, in 2005. Under Haiti's new in-country I-TECH office, now called CHARESS (Centre Haïtien pour le Renforcement du Système de Santé), the phased national rollout of a major upgrade to iSanté continued in 2018. The goal of iSanté was to improve integration and patient care across Haiti's health care network, and it now has the capacity to promote collaboration between national and international partners to improve how health care providers serve populations and patients. Together, the systems will help move Haiti from a disparate jigsaw puzzle of health information systems to a single interconnected network, ensuring seamless data flow from the community level to the national level and back again.
Strengthening Systems in Laboratories Across Côte d'Ivoire, Cambodia and Zambia. I-TECH Laboratory Systems Strengthening team supports ministries of health to help labs meet international standards, build staff capacity, improve lab information systems, improve quality of HIV rapid testing and develop lab policies and guidance. I-TECH recognizes that medical laboratories are a critical component of quality health care, and strengthening lab systems and building staff capacity has a direct, positive effect on quality of care and the ability of low-resource countries to reach epidemic control.