Turning the tide on killer diseases and health issues
Founded in 2004, during the height of the HIV epidemic in Togo, Integrate Health helped turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable disease for Togolese residents. Since then, the nonprofit has broadened its primary-care focus to combating other prevalent killers such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, malnutrition, and childbirth complications.
However, its limited access to key operational and patient data sources put stubborn obstacles in Integrate Health’s path toward reaching more people with lifesaving treatment.
“We were almost completely blind to trends beyond maybe the past two or three months at a specific clinic,” says data analyst Dédé Marie-José Ekoue. “The data was essentially meaningless, because it required so much time to pull out of 25 spreadsheets living in different places.”
Ekoue and two colleagues spent 80-90% of their time on data entry, aggregation and cleansing tasks. Generating a report from Integrate Health’s disparate information sources sometimes took weeks. And since the nonprofit lacked access to Togo Ministry of Health data, its staff members had to build their own knowledge of the local healthcare environment each time they began working in a new community.
“Showing the national authorities that our programs are effective was extremely difficult,” says Ekoue. “We had no way to compare our results with what was happening in that clinic before.”
Better information fuels life-saving improvements in patient care
Aylward and Ekoue first learned about Alteryx from Seth Cochran, founder of the nonprofit Operation Fistula, which provides obstetric care to women in Madagascar. Upon seeing a demonstration of the Alteryx Analytic Process Automation (APA) Platform™, “everybody was saying, ‘All right — we need more of this,’” Aylward recalls.
Through the Alteryx for Good program, which provides free or discounted software licenses to nonprofits, Integrate Health implemented an entirely new platform for using data to drive better-informed decisions and report on the organization’s results. Since launching Alteryx combined with Tableau data visualization software in October 2019, Integrate Health has automated its data workflows and eliminated at least 100 hours of manual data preparation tasks each month.