Our research and interactions with rural doctors and health care practitioners showed that the real power of mobile based health (mHealth) lies in point of care diagnostics. It is not hard to see the power of your phone or tablet being able to do ECG, measure your heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar, know the status of pregnant mother, help in monitoring mothers during birth and knowing whether a patient has malaria or dengue. That’s what we set out to do in the project on Swasthya Slate.
The device was developed by a unique needs driven approach pioneered by Dr Kahol where qualitative research and engineering approaches are brought together to create a device that addresses its population. The device was made by an engineering process that involved multiple vendors and folks across India, a design process that involved usability experts, product design experts and manufacturing and supply chain product driven by global best practices and clinical development by leading public health experts.
We have now tested the device in multiple locations (80 locations worldwide). Some have been huge successes, some have taught us a lot. But now with data of more than 40,000 patients, we know that the system provides a basic service to all populations.
It is also important to note our continuous evolution philosophy and that at genesis the device captured 4 measures, then 9 and now 33! We are committed to this philosophy and will not rest till we have all the measures included in our system.