InSTEDD: Innovative Support to Emergency Diseases and Disaster
(ED: Google has been a friend to Healthcare since it early days; see this “Boots to the Ground” program they set up for Latin America and Southeast Asia, light years ago, in 2006!)
At InSTEDD we envision a world where communities everywhere design and use technology to continuously improve their health, safety and development. Founded in 2006 in California’s Silicon Valley with funding from Google.org and the Rockefeller Foundation, InSTEDD now operates around the world to implement our vision, which includes setting up innovation labsin Southeast Asia and Latin America, that are fostering collaborative engineering practices and entrepreneurial innovation in those regions.
InSTEDD has a unique offering — we design and use open source technology tools to help partners improve collaboration, information flow and knowledge sharing to better deliver critical services to vulnerable populations. With long term sustainability in mind, our interdisciplinary team of public health experts, scientists, and software engineers help build local capacity to solve critical health, safety and sustainable development problems. We are committed to evaluating the impact of our programs, documenting best practices, and sharing the results of our work.
InSTEDD’s innovative approach is being successfully applied around the world — from pioneering efforts to integrate disease surveillance and response systems in Southeast Asiato implementation of a nationwide communications system to aid victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010. As a non profit organization, we have grown an extensive network of partners which include community groups, government agencies, leading universities, private sector companies, and humanitarian organizations.
Our work is often focused on addressing life-threatening gaps in communication and knowledge sharing. At the local level our projects have ranged from implementing anappointment reminder system for HIV/AIDS patients in Cambodia to supplying maternal child health workers with life-saving text messaging information in Mexico. At the policy level, weadvise organizations like the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on the strategic implementation of health information systems and collaboration technology ventures.
Whatever the context, all of us at InSTEDD are committed to the agile development of open-source collaboration technology tools and building local capacity to use this technology for social good.