Ona's COVID-19 Response


To do our part in slowing the spread of SARS-CoV-2, we are closing our Kenyan offices effective March 14th and initiating a mandatory work from home policy.

As a company working in public health, we feel it is critical for us to begin the practice of social distancing to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our team, their families, and our communities. As a technology company, we recognize that we are fortunate to be able to continue to operate with our staff working remotely. We strongly encourage all companies, in the position to do so, to begin working remotely. Social distancing is critical if we hope to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, and we must all do our part.

Flatten The Curve

We are strongly encouraging all of our staff to talk to their parents and any elderly or at risk members of their family to ensure they are educated about COVID-19 and encourage them to begin common sense measures to mitigate their risk.

We are also making available information we have compiled on COVID-19 to share with our team. Please feel free to use, modify, and distribute this communications resource if you find it helpful. Slides can be found here, http://bit.ly/33h8zwG, and are embedded below:

Ona is committed to using our technology and skills to support the COVID-19 response. We will be announcing our plan for this shortly.

As a society, we face an unprecedented challenge in many ways. Please plan, take early action, and stay calm. We can and will get through this together.

Rails Girls Kenya - Mega Workshop


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Racheal representing ona

On March 7th we were proud to partner with Rails girls Kenya in hosting a successful Rails Mega workshop which was held at Riara University. The one day workshop saw over 50 learners come together to build their first Rails application from scratch with the help of amazing Ruby coaches.

The event started with an introduction to Ruby. Later, learners headed to the hands-on session to familiarize with rails and start working on their projects as a team. At the end of the day, it was amazing to see them showcase what they built, with so much pride, to the rest of the attendees.

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How AI Strengthens Global Health and Humanitarian Response


OpenSRP Liberia Last Mile Health User Testing

Artificial Intelligence Is the Modern Antibiotic

The future of healthcare, like the future of most industries, is inextricably tied to the tech industry. Tech is important to not just the level of patient care, but also the operation of systems delivering this care, arguably most importantly, patient access to health services.

But timing plays a key part in success. The right solution offered at the right time can generate a sea change.

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SSH and Password Managers


The ssh program on Linux allows you to specify a program or script from where it should get a passphrase when it needs one. This allows you to, for instance, hookup it up to your password manager to feed it the passphrase. You can do this by specifying the path to the program to execute in the SSH_ASKPASS environment variable.

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Using FHIR with Google Cloud, BigQuery, and the AI Platform


From our XLSForm definitions in Ona Data to our JSON Forms in OpenSRP, the work we do at Ona is built upon community driven standards. As we further integrate HL7 FHIR (Fast Health Interoperability Resources) into OpenSRP, we’ve been exploring the existing tooling available. In this post we’ll dive into the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Healthcare offering and run through an example where we:

  • Generate representative patient data in the STU3 FHIR format,
  • Load that patient data into a FHIR store,
  • Observe data in the FHIR store using BigQuery,
  • Visualize and analyze those queries in the AI Platform.
  • Export charts and machine learning models.

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Our GLOVE approach to healthcare analytics transfers to other platforms and toolsets as the situation requires, including on-premise hardware. GCP lets us quickly set up a workflow to prototype new ways of exploring healthcare data. OpenSRP lets us ensure that, whether gathered at a household or in a facility, the data we are collecting has a well defined and FHIR compatible data structure.

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