It used to take days to collect information on patients who suffered from cataract blindness. Community health workers would use handwritten paper forms for hospital reports, requiring days of administrative work.
HelpMeSee has developed and successfully tested a mobile app to dramatically expedite and improve this process. The app combines GIS & GPS technologies and will be a key tool for reaching patients in remote rural areas who otherwise would not have access to care.
Based on the Android mobile platform, the HelpMeSee app and mHealth system empowers community workers to identify patients suffering from cataract blindness and upload key details to a cloud-based system. The system dramatically shortens the time required for workers on the ground to identify cases and allows them to cover larger populations in a much shorter time.
“It used to take us from 1 to 2 days. Now with the mobile app, the whole process is completed in 10–15 minutes and then we just need to click send.”
- Community Health Worker, Chitrakoot, India
HelpMeSee’s app integrates with a cloud-based surgical reporting system used by partner hospitals. Once a community outreach worker uploads the GIS app details, aggregated patient locations are rendered on a Google Map to help identify and target communities with the highest need and calculate patient travel times. The same app allows for post-operation follow-up to validate the patient’s operation and monitor success.
Here’s how the full process works:
Once testing has completed HelpMeSee’s GIS-GPS app will distributed to our global partners for community outreach.
For more information on our GIS-GPS app, watch the video below:
To learn more about our campaign to end cataract blindness, visit www.helpmesee.org.