Medic Mobile

The Challenge The developing world lacks 4.4 million health workers. Because of this shortage, large gaps exist in health systems. The disconnect between health centers and peripheral communities means that adherence rates suffer, clinicians are unaware of patient statuses, immobile patients cannot receive emergency care, remote health workers lack support, new illnesses are not identified, and drug stock-outs are common. Our Mission Medic Mobile's mission is to create connected, coordinated health systems that save more lives. Low-cost mobile tools help health workers communicate, coordinate patient care, and provide diagnostics. Technology We build software alongside existing open-sou...

Medic Mobile
41 Jasper Pl
San Francisco, CA 94133
United States
4153287657
http://medicmobile.org/

CEO

Josh Nesbit

Management Team

Josh Nesbit, Isaac Holeman, Mainul Islam, David Brown, Tierney O'Dea, Nadim Mahmud, Marc Abbyad, Alex Harsha, Sawako Sonoyama, Jia Chang, Francesca Garrett, Kimando Emanuel, Milan Andric, Jeanette Cox

Board of Directors

Ken Banks, Greg Ennis, Isaac Holeman, Josh Nesbit, Roni Zeiger

Mission

The Challenge The developing world lacks 4.4 million health workers. Because of this shortage, large gaps exist in health systems. The disconnect between health centers and peripheral communities means that adherence rates suffer, clinicians are unaware of patient statuses, immobile patients cannot receive emergency care, remote health workers lack support, new illnesses are not identified, and drug stock-outs are common. Our Mission Medic Mobile's mission is to create connected, coordinated health systems that save more lives. Low-cost mobile tools help health workers communicate, coordinate patient care, and provide diagnostics. Technology We build software alongside existing open-source tools, including FrontlineSMS, Ushahidi, Google Apps, HealthMap and OpenMRS. FrontlineSMS is an SMS platform which enables anyone with a laptop, mobile phone, and GSM signal to manage contacts and coordinate large amounts of incoming and outgoing text messages. It has an extension called FrontlineForms that allows lowend java-enabled cell phones to submit structured forms via text message. In 2010, Medic Mobile released PatientView, a lightweight patient records system, and TextForms, a text-based information collection module. Recently, our developers worked on a messaging module for OpenMRS. In June 2011, we announced the first SIM application for healthcare, Kuvela, created with support from The Maternal Health Task Force and PSI. In 2011, we will release a new version of PatientView and a web-based platform for data aggregation and visualization called Medic Dashboard. In addition to adding decision support, auto-categorization, and mapping capabilities, we will be integrating with CelloPhone hardware allowing diagnosis of malaria, tuberculosis, or HIV using a mobile device.

Programs

Case Studies In six months, our pilot in Malawi saved hospital staff 1200 hours of follow-up time and over $3,000 in motorbike fuel. Over 100 patients started TB treatment after their symptoms were noticed by CHWs and reported by text message. The SMS network brought the Home-Based Care unit to the homes of 130 patients who would not have otherwise received care, and texting saved 21 antiretroviral therapy (ART) monitors 900 hours of travel time, eliminating the need to hand deliver paper reports. These results were published in the Technology and Health Care Journal. Medic Mobile helped coordinate The 4636 Project, an effort to create an emergency communications channel after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Working with the Office of Innovation at the US Department of State, technology providers, and Haitian mobile operators, a system was created to process text messages expressing urgent needs from the ground. Using crowd-sourced translation, categorization, and geo-tagging, reports were created for first responders within 5 minutes of receiving an SMS. Over 80,000 messages were received in the first six weeks of operation, focusing relief efforts for thousands of Haitians. Growth and New Partnerships In less than one year, Medic Mobile expanded from 75 to 1,500 end users linked to clinics serving approximately 3.5 million patients. Growing from the first pilot at a single hospital in Malawi, we established programs in 40% of Malawi's district hospitals and implemented projects in nine other countries, including Haiti, Honduras, Uganda, Mali, Kenya, South Africa, Cameroon, India and Bangladesh. Partners include Management Sciences for Health, IntraHealth International, Save the Children, PSI, and the Clinton Health Access Initiative. In June 2011, Medic Mobile launched a prospective trial in Ethiopia with support from the World Bank and a second trial in India.

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