Johns Hopkins researchers and infectious disease specialists invent a technology to educate community healthcare workers treating HIV in Uganda. They call it electronic Mobile Open-source Comprehensive Health Application or "emocha."
emocha expands to include more varied clinical and public health purposes from Uganda to India to sites across South America. Eventually, more than 15 applications were deployed in 10 countries, and demand for the technology grows beyond the capacity of the inventors.
Entrepreneur & Hopkins MBA student Sebastian Seiguer teams up with Morad Elmi and the Hopkins team, licenses the emocha technology, and builds a team of designers, developers, and public health experts who begin to scale the technology to solve critical international public health challenges.
emocha recieves emergency funding to support the State of Maryland in monitoring patients for symptoms of Ebola and partners with Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit to monitor healthcare workers for highly infectious diseases.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, emocha helps patients to continue receiving care. 59 out of 61 patients using emocha's platform achieve 100% adherence. At the same time, emocha helps end a recurring TB outbreak in Puerto Rico.
Over the next two years, emocha works with hundreds of health departments across the country to support patients taking medication for infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV, and hepatitis C. In 2018, emocha is highlighted as one of FastCompany's "Most Innovative Companies."
To better support partners including health plans, health systems, hospitals, and managed care organizations, emocha builds out a full adherence service powered by nurses and pharmacists. emocha begins to scale its integrated clinical adherence program to leverage daily human engagement and digital video check-ins and focuses on capturing side effects and symptoms in real-time.
emocha continues to scale its program and help patients build better habits to improve their medication adherence rates and outcomes. A rebrand is launched to update emocha’s brand and website — from this process, Scene is born.