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AEDES - Delivering digital healthcare to remote locations without reliable internet

Many parts of the developing world go without modern healthcare technology, in part because they don’t have reliable internet connections. The public health consulting organization AEDES is tackling this problem with CERHIS, a tactile hospital information system that brings digital services to sub-Saharan Africa. CERHIS enables small remote hospitals to collect all medical and administrative data on tablets using a local Couchbase Lite database and an Android app on Samsung tablets. When a connection is available, the app syncs to Couchbase Server. Because Couchbase is so flexible, it takes only two programmers to customize the platform, and local techs can easily transfer their SQL skills.

About Aedes


    • Remote locations have limited connectivity, no landlines, and unstable power sources
    • Data requirements change significantly from year to year and country to country
    • Industry-standard solutions were not an option due to high costs and complexity


    • Offline functionality allows caregivers to use Android tablets even without reliable network connectivity
    • Couchbase’s schemaless document-oriented database allows AEDES to easily support a broad range of data models
    • By pairing Couchbase with commodity hardware, AEDES can quickly and easily scale up, down, and horizontally
The Couchbase installation works even better than expected. It’s like magic happening behind the scenes.

Loïc Vaes CERHIS Project Manager, AEDES

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