The resources in the Community Health Toolkit support full-featured, scalable digital health apps that equip health workers to provide better primary health care in their communities. Thanks to a diverse global community of hundreds of contributors, these resources have benefited from rigorous research and a human-centered design process. Over time they have become increasingly flexible, supporting an exceptional range of features and health service areas.

Community Health App Demo

Trying out the demo is a great way to get a feel for community health apps. Please note that apps built using the CHT can be customized in thousands of different variations—the demo presents an example of what’s possible. No technical expertise is necessary, as the demo is preloaded with everything you’ll need to start exploring.

Feature Overview

Digital health apps built using the Community Health Toolkit rely on a number of underlying technical components. The Community Health Application Framework makes it easier to build robust and feature-rich digital health applications. Apps built using the Community Health Application Framework have been used to support 28 of the 32 interventions for care providers that are outlined in the World Health Organization’s classification of digital health interventions.

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Technical Overview of the Community Health App Framework

This PDF provides a feature walkthrough, an explanation of user roles and hierarchies, an overview of the core features a developer can configure, and example workflows.

These apps can support many languages, run offline when needed, and work with basic phones (via SMS), smartphones, tablets, and computers. App developers are able to define health system roles, permissions and reporting hierarchies, and make use of five highly configurable areas of functionality: messaging, task and schedule management, decision support workflows, longitudinal person profiles, and analytics.

Additional functionality is available through integrations and through complementary apps. For example, community members who participate in the Community Health Academy can use the OppiaMobile app to support learning content and quizzes.

These resources can be used to support the unique needs of a given health system and the work of community health workers, frontline supervisors, facility-based nurses, health system managers, and even patients and caregivers.