teleScrypts seeks to solve the challenge of providing healthcare workers with advanced healthcare technology in low resource communities at a low cost.
What is it?
Telescrypts is revolutionizing how healthcare is delivered to low resource communities. We utilize a wearable device that can take a patients vitals and send it to a healthcare worker’s mobile application wirelessly. The value is in the data which can now be used in realtime as a risk assessment tool for the healthcare worker utilizing location and other valuable factors to prevent illness, disease and misdiagnosis. We can now use this data to map disease spread rapidly for Governments and NGOs on our dashboard providing value to the patient, healthcare worker, clinic, and NGO/Government.
We currently have letters of intent for 236 clinics, providing over half a million patients care just 5 months after ideation. We are piloting with 5 communities over 5 countries testing with 15,000 patients to have valuable data, and continue to work on building the best product for our user.
How is it used?
The device is worn on the finger of the patient, and the mobile healthcare worker presses a button that sends all the information in to the phone. This is all done without internet connection, and sent to the cell phone.
What technologies does it incorporate?
We currently have 4 sensors on our device, transmitting data to our phone. The data is sent to our phone because if the wearable ever changes after distribution (which it will, I work in wearable device industry) we be highly sustainable and scalable by just updating the software and still have older sensors to be in the field an valuable. Clear benefits of the system are it’s simplicity and low-cost. The hardware being used is simple, small and made from off-the-shell components making it easy to manufacture and build to last. As only a few sensors are needed per clinic the teleScrypts platform is easy to scale up on new areas.
How does it work?
The wearable device sends raw data to the mobile application which does all of the back end processing in our algorithms for scalability and sustainability, so that different versions of our device work with just an update of the software. The software performing the back end processing allows the healthcare worker to simply enter and store patient information for immediate use, including a real-time risk assessment tool that alerts the worker if the patient is at risk of a certain disease to reduce misdiagnosis or no treatment. The data is securely stored on the device and can be accessed by the worker at any point.
Who uses it?
The healthcare worker and patient use the device. Our technology allows the possibility for anyone to use it, but the confidentiality of the information and benefit added is most in line with healthcare workers providing the care and using the device on multiple people rather than one person having it. Following Unicef’s design principles of sustainability and working with the population as we have tested in both situations.
Why does it help?
The problem is not being able to utilize data and provide quality care through low-cost measures. It helps by providing tools that a clinic doesn’t have or can’t use due to lack of electricity or other means. Our device can now aide in providing care over multiple realms and use the data for bigger organizations that are trying to find accurate health data relative to the population they work with.
East Africa & USA
Omron Blauo, Suraj Sharma, Luke Undhjem, Dylan Milsaps, Hermon Gebretsadik, Anton Vanamo
Alert/Response, Diagnosis/Treatment/Referral, Behavior Change, Data Collection/Data Insight
These pages have been pulled directly from applications submitted to the Wearables for Good Challenge in 2015. They represent the work of the individual teams and have subsequently not been edited.