Those of us living in metropolitan areas don’t think twice about our ease of access to medical care, but those in rural areas don’t enjoy such easy access to a doctor. Abhijeed Kalyan and Shravan Narayan from McGill University in Canada are aware of this problem, and came up with a way for doctors to diagnose and treat patients from afar. Called Project Neem, it’s got a hub and spoke organizational structure that puts a healthcare worker in every village and leverages the power of Windows Phone to connect them with medical staff in distant cities.
Participating healthcare workers are given basic medical training and a handheld loaded up with a custom app that identifies patients by scanning their national ID card and stores their pertinent medical info — from temperature and blood pressure readings to a variety of symptoms. The app has a virtual human body on board that lets users tap parts of the anatomy to bring up a series of symptoms that can be selected to provide treating physicians with the info they need. That information is stored in the cloud and accessed by doctors through a Windows 8 app, who then can relay appropriate treatments to the local healthcare worker. Now all we need is someone to make a real-world tricorder, and we’ll truly be able to bring medical care to the masses, wherever they may be.
McGill university student plan provides healthcare to rural areas with Windows Phone and Win 8 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 29 May 2012 06:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.