Jan 18, 2024
In 2023, The Commons Project Foundation (TCP) remained focused on changing lives by enabling people to manage and share their personal health data. Most notably, in the US, we launched several new SMART Health Card application tools: digital health insurance, international patient summary and emergency medical cards - all of which are now accessible on any Android device. In Africa, we launched a new local subsidiary, TCP Africa, to lead the person-centered health movement and revolutionize digitized healthcare services at the primary care level.
Through the CARIN Alliance, TCP and partners have also been working to finalize the technical specifications for the SMART Health Digital Insurance Card. Community involvement has been incredibly close, including at the most recent CMS HL7 FHIR Connectathon, where insurance companies, app makers, EHR vendors, and providers successfully tested digital insurance cards.
Our broad landscape research, interviews, workshops, and engagement with country stakeholders in 2023 were an especially insightful exercise for developing a data-driven program design. They allowed us to understand what is happening in African countries interested in implementing a digital healthcare ecosystem, and it helped us devise various risk mitigation strategies. We examined Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo (Kinshasa), Côte D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia, with high hopes of implementing our person-centered digitized healthcare strategy in the remaining 30 countries soon.
We are proud to lead the charge in integrating technology with healthcare while growing digital accessibility, secure data management, openness, and interoperability at the center of this transformation. Join us in promoting a more efficient, accessible, and people-centric approach to healthcare in 2024 and beyond!