THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Fio's support helps PMC win malaria control award

Fio Corporation, a Toronto, Canada-based health information services provider, announced on Wednesday that its cloud-based solution for infectious disease management helped Proyecto Malaria Colombia to win a malaria control award.

PMC won the top 2013 Malaria Champions of the Americas award, an honor given to organizations that demonstrate the best practices in malaria prevention and control. The awards are presented annually by the Pan American Health Organization.

PMC is a joint health initiative administered by Colombia's state agency for development and the Fundación Universidad de Antioquia. The initiative succeeded in reducing malaria cases by close to half between 2010 and 2012 and credited Fio's role in its success.

"Fionet played a valuable role in our success story," Andrés Oyola, the project manager for PMC-FONADE, said. "The service was not only aligned with the overall strategy to bring innovation into our program, but also proved to be integral to helping PMC meet its objectives of improving the diagnosis, treatment, and reporting of malaria cases."

Fio said that its Fionet cloud-based services helped PMC in its efforts to create sustainable local capacity by training community health workers in malaria control and prevention. PMC received mobile phones equipped with software to help health workers document malaria testing and manage patient flow.

"Fionet's mobile devices served a dual role as helpful diagnostic tools and reliable surveillance units," Oyola said. "This has strengthened PMC's capabilities to remotely manage health worker activity and make better informed resource allocation decisions."

Fionet helped PMC to track and test positive malaria cases and monitor adherence to case management protocols with high levels of accuracy.

"Fionet has shown great potential to address other public health problems," Oyola said. "With help from this innovative technology, PMC has built technical capacity in the field so that health personnel are qualified enough to carry out intelligent active surveillance."