Portable Health Clinic Packages for BoPReviewed
Yasunobu Nohara, Naoki Nakashima, Ashir Ahmed, Masahiro Kuroda, Sozo Inoue, Partha Ghosh, Rafiqul Islam Maruf, Tatsuo Hiramatsu, Kunihisa Kobayashi, Toyoshi Inoguchi,
World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics
In a developing county, its health/medical infrastructure has many problems. It is difficult for people in BoP (Base of Pyramid) especially lived in rural area to access a medical service. In this study, we propose a package for Portable Health Clinic (PHC) which provides telemedicine service for people in BoP. The package consists of major diagnostic tools and a tablet PC, and gathers measurements using medical Body Area Network (BAN) wirelessly and automatically. It can categorize patients into four groups depending on the priority of their treatment like a triage, and also sent these results to a doctor in a remote healthcare call center via mo-bile network. The package provides immediate consultation with the doctor over the Skype and doctor gives patients a prescription over the network. The package is easy to carry, easy to use, battery-driven and flexible against poor mobile network, and works even in a rural area. We are introducing the PHC packages in a health checkup program whose target is 15,000 subjects in Bangladesh, one of the BoP countries.