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The Distance from Here to There

John D Rockefeller, JD, MPH '09

John D. Rockefeller Having a staff of more than 600 people, based across a minimum of 25 countries (with a patient population that spans even wider ranges of geographical dispersion) our work at the Clinton Health Access Initiative would not effectively exist without technologies that connect us to one another, and to the diverse populations we serve.

From both a data-capture and service-provision perspective, we are absolutely reliant on technology. We dream of the day when every rural micro-region has access to remote testing, and health care response options that can be generated by the flip of a switch, or the use of a cellular phone.

The distance from here to there continues to be our largest challenge. The future of rural health care testing and treatment will be supported by emerging technologies.

With the lowering of technology costs through the scaling up of production and global distribution, we expect to see wider availability of treatment options and positive health outcomes across all of our global health programs.

The other side of our reliance on technology is in connection with one another as we head out into distal regions. Were it not for our current use of highly advanced video conferencing options, we would have nothing more than a crackling voiceprint to connect ourselves to colleagues needing technical support and supply lines for eradication of countless health emergencies. For us, technology is the key to a far more efficient and effective health care delivery system across all of global health.

John Rockefeller, Director of Social Venture Initiatives for the Clinton Health Access Initiative Inc., is currently a doctoral candidate in the Health Policy and Management Department at JHSPH.


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  • Dr. Michael L. Gordy

    Ornex, France 02/02/2012 03:05:59 AM

    It is reassuring to see that a Hopkins graduate is helping orient global health towards effective measures focusing on the rural poor. Harnessing technological innovation to something besides cost cutting for its own sake is a salutary objective.

  • James Henry Chapman

    United States 02/08/2012 07:44:21 PM

    Thank God, and I am not just using a figure of speech here, thank God for this technology and for the people using it to heal and reduce the suffering of people who live in the under-developed parts of the world. Whenever the destructive uses to which I see technology being continually put bring up the latent Luddite in me, I'll have to remember the work being done by such groups as this and the essential role technology plays in it.

  • Greg Rockefeller

    Los Angeles, CA 02/11/2012 01:24:05 AM

    I've known John for years and his focus on solving problems of this type gives me hope for solutions that far surpass those that we've normally seen crossing the funding requests. With any luck a consortium of funders will step up and backfill the obvious needs presented here.

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