Dataviz summer update

We have had 6 busy months since January and we have plenty of new features to announce!

New – portal homepage

To provide visitors with a clear introduction and overview of the site, we have added a fully customisable homepage to all portals. You can now present the program objective, data collection process, partners, useful links, publications and more directly on this page.

View a facility’s categorical data

Using the DHIS2 organisation unit groups, we are now able to show the ownership of each facility to one or multiple groups on the map.

When you zoom out of the map, the statistics for that zone appear as you hover over them.

Additional options to visualise your data

In order to respond to the growing diversity of our clients’ needs, we added a few new ways to visualise your data.

Vertical charts

Best used to compare current values of connected indicators.

True / False key indicators visual improvements

Perfect for visualising service availability like water/electricity access or stock out monitoring.

Heatmaps

Monitor resources over time with this widely requested chart type option. Define your own color scale for each indicator using color legends set in DHIS2.

Inaccuracies reporting tool

We added this very simple tool that allows someone to easily report issues regarding the data for any facility displayed. It opens a mail with all the facility details and allows the person to explain what and where the issues are.

Improved mobile experience

We noticed an increasing number of users viewing the portals on mobile devices. With this a need to easily report inaccurate information via mobile is growing. So we have focused on improving the user experience for mobile.

Map layers are now grouped and easy to switch

Download a graph as an image

That’s all for now but do not hesitate to reach out with ideas or feedback on your Dataviz instance. We are happy to support your programs with this tool.

Another year for Bluesquare – The same vision, different ways.

Another year for Bluesquare – The same vision, different ways
At Bluesquare, what drives us is the desire to make the world a better place. Our goal is to ensure that every citizen on this planet has access to a minimum package of health services. Unfortunately, we are not there yet. The community surrounding the Tipo health center in the DRC has benefited from barely any substantial Global Health investment over the last years. So, helping Global Health players allocate their resources in a smarter way, so that it goes where it matters most, is where we can continue to make a difference. How will we get there? We believe that technology and data can influence this allocation in two ways : increase efficiency of existing investments through better data insights and financial disintermediation, and make Global Health a more attractive investment for countries and citizens looking to invest in this space.    

But how do we translate this vision into operational priorities? Here is our focus for 2018.

We’re delighted to welcome our new CTO, Martin Van Aken!

Martin learned to program as a kid on his Commodore 64, but turned to economics for his studies before starting a career as a teacher. He then shifted to software development, which he has been doing for the past 15 years, experiencing most of the roles in the sector: programmer, architect, customer contact, team leader, technical coach, startup founder and technical mentor.

Bluesquare, Belgian technology startup secures new capital investment from SI2 Fund

Brussels, Belgium — 30 May 2016: Bluesquare, an innovative Belgian technology firm, has finalized a new round of capital investment exceeding 550,000 Euro. The Belgian social investment fund, SI2 Fund was a lead investor. Building digital solutions for governments and their development partners in emerging markets, BlueSquare delivers data systems for smart financing and results management.

Bluesquare gears up for health 2.0 seminar

Next week, the Belgian platform for international health, Be-cause health, will host a seminar on “Health 2.0: are we ready to go digital?” Taking place in Brussels on 24-25 March, the event will seek to identify opportunities and challenges in implementing ICT solutions as part of development cooperation in the health sector.