Q&A: SystemOne CEO on data solutions improving health care in developing countries
Health monitoring systems are an important fight in the battle to identify, contain and monitor diseases that have the potential to infect thousands, if not millions, of people worldwide. Outbreaks of Ebola and Zika have shown the fundamental flaws in our systems to respond quickly in order to halt a disease in its track — particularly in developing countries.
In 2012, SystemOne was established in Boston to fill this gap in providing fast access to diagnostic data, monitoring and evaluation systems, and connectivity solutions using software and services supporting multiple diagnostic devices and multiple diseases.
“There were definitely periods during the first three years where we had a certain amount of success and we saw the value of it, but we weren’t able to convince or show anyone else the value in the way it could be recognized widely,” Chris Macek, CEO of SystemOne, told Devex. “We definitely considered hanging it up.”
But they stuck with it and now SystemOne is working with partners, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization and the newly formed Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and operating in 40 countries within Africa, Central America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
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