In our November installment of our Engagement Stories series, Krishna Udayakumar and Patricia Odero with the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Duke Innovations in Healthcare are collaborating with several organizations on a joint USAID-funded project called Regional Action through Data (RAD). Throughout East and West Africa, citizens who live near their nation’s borders may receive health services in multiple states, which makes it challenging to maintain continuity of care for these populations. RAD is bridging gaps in health data sharing and making patient records accessible across borders.

Udayakumar and Odero said their work on RAD taught them to “engage early rather than showing up with a fully formed project and results that may not answer the question appropriately from the policymaker’s perspective. The earlier you can engage with policymaking bodies, the better you can understand their needs and their perspective.” Both trained physicians, Udayakumar and Odero, shared the importance this work holds for improving patient-centered care. The team shared, “at the end of the day, our mission is to improve heath and healthcare.”

You can read the full article on the Duke Today website.

Regional Action through Data is a 5-year project funded by USAID’s Global Bureau for Africa. To learn more about this project, please visit the Duke Global Health and Innovation Center’s website.