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Call for applications: Digital solutions for patient navigation.

The City Cancer Challenge Foundation is searching for digital solutions to be featured in our new digital health library. For this first round of applications, we are searching for digital solutions that are context appropriate for LMICs and solve challenges related to patient navigation. 

The City Cancer Challenge Foundation aims to build the capacity of healthcare providers and decision makers in limited resource settings to integrate digital health solutions that are fit-for purpose, financially sustainable and long-lasting to support patient services and care. As part of our digital health workstream, we are developing a library of solutions that will be made publically available to decision makers and health stakeholders in our network of cities. 

Applications will close on Monday 25 March.

Digital health library

Our target solutions for this first call must be related to patient navigation services which is a prominent challenge in fragmented health systems. The solutions we are searching for include:

  • Open-source solutions
  • Private software solutions (start-ups welcome)
  • NGO driven solutions 

The digital health library will give technology providers the opportunity to

  • Display their health solution on C/Can’s new digital health library.
  • Have exposure to potential users in emerging markets in Low-and Middle-Income Contexts.
  • Have your solution peer reviewed by experts for deployment in C/Can cities and other LMIC settings.

A selection of the most promising solutions will also be invited virtually to present their work to end users from all 14 cities of the City Cancer Challenge network.

Application criteria

The challenges that LMICs face when implementing patient navigation services are broad and must be contextualized. We are particularly interested in developed digital health solutions that can improve the workflow of cancer patient navigators and ease system pressures in the following areas: 

  • Intra-hospital services including:
    • Patient entry point and onboarding
    • Oncology Patient Records (EHR modules)
    • Appointment scheduling for consultations and interventions and reminder management (service acceleration)
    • Patient communication (clinical monitoring & logistics/administrative follow-ups)
    • Patient care, information and education
    • Financial education on care costs and access to available financing options
  • Inter-Hospital Services including: 
    • Patient referral and counter referral
    • Continuous communication between community and tertiary levels of care 
    • Discovery of care & services availability

Candidates will be notified of their status in April 2024.

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