The Community Health Toolkit (CHT) supports a vast range of open-source tools, features, and health service activities.

Through the technical stewardship provided for the CHT, Medic is committed to ensuring the tools stay updated with the newest technologies, techniques, innovations, and industry improvements to serve the community better. 

To bring transparency and enhance visibility and clarity on the technology choices, the technological strategy, and the available features and tools, the CHT leverages a framework called Technology Radar. 

A Technology Radar provides an easy-to-grasp visual representation of tools, languages, frameworks, platforms, and techniques, as well as features and functionalities available for use to build the CHT. Additionally, the Technology Radar provides a degree of adoption and guidelines on using (or not using) a particular technology with the CHT. 

Human-Centered Design (HCD) is important at Medic and building out technology radars is no exception. In this case that shows in the form of two radars, each designed specifically for the needs of the technologists using it. Those are a CHT Technology Radar for Implementers and a CHT Technology Radar for Contributors. Both versions leverage existing open-source tools by ThoughtWorks and AOE to implement the user interface; the difference is in the content and anticipated collaborators. Due to Medic’s commitment to open-source, all the content of the Technology Radars is public on GitHub and open to the community to provide comments and suggestions. 

The talk centers around the benefits of building such a tool, such as transparency, alignment and faster onboarding.