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Webinar (3/13/17): A Systems Approach to Creating Affordable Access to Medical Devices in Africa

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Oluwasoga Oni, CEO and Founder, MDaaS; SDM Alumnus

Oluwasoga Oni, SDM ’14

Date: March 13, 2017
Time: Noon – 1 p.m. ET
Free and open to all
(Preregistration is required.)

Register here

About the Presentation

Medical devices have the power to transform the healthcare landscape and dramatically improve health outcomes around the globe. However, access to life-saving medical equipment and supplies is far from universal. In Africa, there are not enough medical devices to serve the vast population of more than 1 billion—and, according to the World Health Organization, 40 percent of the medical devices available are currently out of service. In many parts of the continent, this dearth of functioning medical equipment means that diseases are diagnosed too late or not at all.

In this webinar, SDM alumnus Oluwasoga Oni will explain how he used systems thinking to develop a startup designed to improve affordable access to medical devices in his home country, Nigeria, and ultimately across Africa.

Webinar attendees will learn about:

  • the Nigerian and African healthcare ecosystem;
  • using systems analysis to identify the challenges in this ecosystem and their drivers;
  • the pros and cons of existing approaches to solving medical device challenges; and
  • using the Idealized Design Framework to create a new model for tackling Africa’s medical equipment problem.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!

About the Speaker

Oluwasoga Oni is the CEO and founder of MDaaS, a medical equipment services company dedicated to improving affordable access to high-quality medical devices in Nigeria and across Africa. Previously, Oni worked as a software engineer for a large multinational data storage organization. He holds a bachelor’s degree in information and communication technology from Covenant University in Ogun, Nigeria, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. As a graduate of the System Design & Management program, he also holds a master’s degree in engineering and management from MIT.

About the Series

Sponsored by the System Design & Management (SDM) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges. Recordings and slides from prior SDM webinars can be accessed here.


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Recording and Slides Now Available: A Smart City Pilot in Boston: Collecting Human-Centric Urban Data

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Nissia Sabri, CEO and Cofounder, Bitsence; SDM Alumna

Sabri, Nissia

Nissia Sabri, SDM ’14

Date: February 27, 2017

Download the presentation slides (pdf)

About the Presentation

In this webinar, SDM alumna Nissia Sabri, CEO and cofounder of Bitsence, will provide an overview of the unique potential of agile sensor technologies for city planning. She will also show how they can be connected and correlated to produce novel and rich new insights about the constellation of city spaces and stakeholders.

Sabri will begin by discussing roadblocks that have emerged to date in this arena, such as:

  • increased fragmentation of sensor technologies in the field;
  • technological tunnel vision and lack of system integration by end users; and
  • challenges in educating stakeholders, such as city planning offices, community advocacy groups, and individual citizens about the multifaceted need for sensors, as well as their value.

Sabri will also describe why a systems-based approach should be employed. She will illustrate with examples from:

  • Chicago’s Array of Things, which tested a variety of sensors working together in a single location; and
  • Boston’s Local Sense Lab, a public/private entities coalition chartered to guide city officials in evaluating, deploying, and analyzing data from networked sensors in order to design better urban infrastructure and improve community engagement.

We invite you to join us!

About the Speaker

An alumna of MIT System Design & Management, Nissia Sabri is CEO and cofounder of Bitsence, which monitors human movement and behavior in physical space and also uses data and insights to improve cities, architecture, and real estate developments. She has seven years of experience in the energy sector, including working as a risk analyst creating data models to forecast the failure of complex systems. She holds three advanced degrees: an MS in engineering and management from MIT; an MS in nuclear and radiological engineering from the University of Florida; and an MS in physics from the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France. She is the recipient of the 2015 MIT SDM Student Award for Leadership, Innovation, and Systems Thinking.

About the Series

Sponsored by the System Design & Management (SDM) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges. Recordings and slides from prior SDM webinars can be accessed at sdm.mit.edu.