SystemOne, Management Sciences for Health, and Tableau Foundation Join Forces to Improve use of TB Diagnostic Data

Launch of the 2018 TB Data Fellowship Program to Build Data Analytics Capacity with Ministry of Health and National Tuberculosis Program Staff

[1. Identifying sites needing re-training]1. Identifying sites needing re-trainingSystemOne LLC, (Springfield, MA), Management for Health Sciences (MSH) (Medford, MA) and the Tableau Foundation (Seattle, WA) today announced a partnership designed to enable countries to better utilize and respond to the millions of infectious disease patient records being collected via SystemOne’s GxAlert and Aspect connected diagnostics platforms. This exciting new initiative, the TB Data Fellowship Program, will build the foundation for sustainable, in-country capacity to enhance the translation of diagnostic data into improved healthcare delivery and patient impact through the development of the next level of GxAlert user.

By using Tableau, the world’s leading visual analytics software, countries will learn how to explore, analyze, visualize and interpret their national TB program data. Data fellows will develop the expertise and skills needed to identify program gaps and appropriate interventions in order to lower operating costs, improve the quality of the TB program, improve program management, reduce time to treatment and ultimately improve patient outcomes.

The first Data Fellowship hands-on classroom training will be hosted by SystemOne in Johannesburg, South Africa. Delegates representing Mozambique, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Ethiopia will participate. This intensive training will cover Tableau software navigation and analysis of GxAlert data. The full fellowship will continue for one year of ongoing mentorship to promote ongoing skills development and a platform for sharing of best practices. 

“This partnership with Management Sciences for Health and Tableau Foundation will help countries unlock the incredible value in their health data,” said Dr Alaine Nyaruhirira, Senior Technical Advisor, MSH. “Empowering local Ministries of Health and National Tuberculosis Program staff to discover and fix critical inefficiencies in their health systems and tell powerful, data-driven stories using Tableau will lead to data-supported improvements in national TB programs.”

[2. Understanding instrument utilization rates]2. Understanding instrument utilization rates“We hope to strengthen, improve and complement National TB programs in low and middle-income countries by building sustainable, in-country capacity to enhance the translation of GxAlert data into improved healthcare delivery and patient impact,” said Natasha Gous, Medical Science Liaison at SystemOne.

“Through the Tableau Foundation, we continue to see how making the right data accessible to the right people at the right time can profoundly curtail the spread of infectious disease,” said Neal Myrick, Global Head of the Tableau Foundation. “ We’re thrilled about this fellowship and SystemOne’s work to reduce the burden of TB around the world.”

About SystemOne

Founded in Massachusetts in 2012, SystemOne focuses on producing solutions for disease surveillance and response. SystemOne has offices in Springfield, MA and Johannesburg, South Africa. The company’s new disease intelligence software, Aspect®, addresses numerous infectious diseases including Zika, Ebola, HIV, Malaria, Hepatitis C and more on a host of diagnostic devices. To contact SystemOne, email: info@systemone.id

About the Tableau Foundation

The Tableau Foundation is an initiative led by the employees of Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) that encourages the use of facts and analytical reasoning to solve the world’s problems. Tableau Foundation grants combine Tableau’s two most valuable resources – its people and its products – with financial support to nonprofits that are using data to reshape communities around the globe. To learn more, please visit www.tableaufoundation.org.

About Management Sciences for Health

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) works shoulder-to-shoulder with countries and communities to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by building strong, resilient, sustainable health systems. Together, we seek to achieve universal health coverage—equitable, affordable access to high-quality health services for all who need them—even in fragile, post-crisis settings. For more than 45 years in 150 countries, MSH has partnered with governments, civil society, the private sector, and thousands of health workers on locally-led solutions that expand access to medicines and services, improve quality of care, help prevent and control epidemics, support inspiring leadership and transparent governance, and foster informed, empowered, and healthier communities. For more information, visit www.msh.org.