FrontlineSMS: Medic
Aaron Uhrmacher
85%
MALAWIANS LIVING
IN RURAL AREAS
Limited infrastructure prevents health workers from
   delivering efficient healthcare to rural areas.
Situation Analysis
•   Health workers travel on foot.

•   Record patient interactions on paper.

•   Bring records to a c...
Functioning

• Health
• Employment
• Education
Capability

• Live longer, healthier life
• Maintain employment
• Family time
• Overall quality of live improved
?
How can mobile
phones improve
    health care
50%   people living in remote areas of the world
      who will have mobile phones by 2012.
FrontlineSMS
• Started in 2005
• Open source platform
• Runs with laptop and cell phone
• Used to communicate via SMS with...
August - December 2009
BENEFITS

• Software is free
• Ease of use
• Internet not required
• Replicable
• Saved history
6 Month Pilot (Malawi)
• Hospital serves 250K people

• Patients live as far as 100 miles away
in 700 different villages

•...
Technology
•75 Motorola V195 cell phones ($15/ea)

•15 Nokia 6210 cell phones ($40/ea)

•10 Nokia 6100 cell phones ($50/ea...
Results

• 150 patients received care

• 2x more patients seen

• 1,000 travel hours saved

• US$3500 saved on fuel
MORE INFO

• http://instedd.org/
• http://mobihealthnews.com/
• http://www.frontlinesms.com/
IMAGE CREDITS
•   Slide 1: http://www.jopsa.org/

•   Slide 2: http://www.isaacholeman.org/

•   Slide 3: http://www.jopsa...
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FrontlineSMS

  1. 1. FrontlineSMS: Medic Aaron Uhrmacher
  2. 2. 85% MALAWIANS LIVING IN RURAL AREAS
  3. 3. Limited infrastructure prevents health workers from delivering efficient healthcare to rural areas.
  4. 4. Situation Analysis • Health workers travel on foot. • Record patient interactions on paper. • Bring records to a central clinic for further instruction. • Don't get back to the clinic more than once a month. • Patients remain untreated too long.
  5. 5. Functioning • Health • Employment • Education
  6. 6. Capability • Live longer, healthier life • Maintain employment • Family time • Overall quality of live improved
  7. 7. ? How can mobile phones improve health care
  8. 8. 50% people living in remote areas of the world who will have mobile phones by 2012.
  9. 9. FrontlineSMS • Started in 2005 • Open source platform • Runs with laptop and cell phone • Used to communicate via SMS with large groups of people • Basis for FrontlineSMS: Medic
  10. 10. August - December 2009
  11. 11. BENEFITS • Software is free • Ease of use • Internet not required • Replicable • Saved history
  12. 12. 6 Month Pilot (Malawi) • Hospital serves 250K people • Patients live as far as 100 miles away in 700 different villages • 450 community health workers recruited as volunteers
  13. 13. Technology •75 Motorola V195 cell phones ($15/ea) •15 Nokia 6210 cell phones ($40/ea) •10 Nokia 6100 cell phones ($50/ea) •1 Falcom SAMBA75 GSM modem ($200) •1 Compaq Presario laptop (donated) •100 cell phone chargers + Malawian adapters •FrontlineSMS software (free)
  14. 14. Results • 150 patients received care • 2x more patients seen • 1,000 travel hours saved • US$3500 saved on fuel
  15. 15. MORE INFO • http://instedd.org/ • http://mobihealthnews.com/ • http://www.frontlinesms.com/
  16. 16. IMAGE CREDITS • Slide 1: http://www.jopsa.org/ • Slide 2: http://www.isaacholeman.org/ • Slide 3: http://www.jopsa.org/ • Slide 8: http://change.org • Slide 10: http://www.jopsa.org/ • Slide 11: http://www.isaacholeman.org/ • Slide 12: http://www.jopsa.org/ • Slide 13: http://frontlinesms.org/ • Slide 14: http://mobilesinmalawi.blogspot.com • Slide 16-18: http://www.trekearth.com/

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