We all see the signs that medical information is going digital. You’ve heard the hype about efficiency and accuracy and information at your fingertips but that was for clinics, health centers and operating rooms rooted in middle class America. Do IT tools really exist for those who practice medicine on hundreds of patients in two-week time intervals, in tents before the storm waters recede, or in cinder block clinics off dirt roads?
The answer is yes.
I’ve been deploying systems in developing countries and underserved areas since 2009 and I’ve seen my share of roadblocks. Our first customers were two rural health clinics in the Trans Mara district in Kenya. Together we worked through five iterations of hardware and software with myriad configurations of laptops – laptops as servers, routers, inverters, volt meters, solar controllers and finally, the CliniPAK all-in-one units. Today, we are expanding into all 44 clinics in Trans Mara to have the first all-digital, paperless data collection and reporting district in Kenya. We hope the investment in primary care at this foundational level will set the stage for better understanding of the local disease burden, better allocation of resources, better health service tracking and delivery, and in the end better health outcomes for the people of Trans Mara.
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