People talk about NoSQL in the context of distributed cloud-based web applications, but what if your application needs to be deployed throughout rural Africa, with limited computer resources, intermittent power, and above all, extremely unreliable internet? This talk discusses the features of CouchDB that make it uniquely suited for developing world health applications.
It will focus on the technologies employed, unique challenges, and lessons learned from the BHOMA project – a health record capture system that is being rolled out to 55 clinics in rural Zambia and is built on top of Python, Django, and CouchDB. The presenter is the CTO of Dimagi, a company that specializes developing world healthcare software, and has been working on software applications for the emerging world for over 4 years. He is also designer and lead developer of BHOMA project. The project was recently featured in a CouchOne Case Study
Cory Zue is the Chief Technology officer of Dimagi and has several years of experience with health IT projects in the developing world. Cory has provided technical leadership and mentoring, systems architecture, and software development while working on a number of diverse projects, including a distributed health record system designed for a low-connectivity, resource-poor environment, cloud server backends for mobile apps, a smartcard-based electronic medical record system, and SMS applications for data collection and clinical surveys. He has spent extensive time working with IT teams in Boston, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, consulting on technical decisions, coordinating project plans, training local staff, and writing code. He is a leader in multiple open source communities. Cory earned his bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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