Health Care + Community + Technology

Few years back I had encountered Swasthya Slate product and now I was impressed to see that the government in India’s capital is using it to bring down the cost and provide timely health care.

“Peeragarhi mohalla” clinic as it is called, has just one doctor. It is accessible as they are being set up in many small neighborhoods. It acts like a triage point which helps people to identify the health care issues much faster and at the same time helps in reducing the load on government hospitals since the problems can be handled much earlier before they become an emergency case.

The clinic relies on technology from Swasthya Slate, a device as small as a wi-fi router, which can perform 33 diagnostic tests at a single point with 95% accuracy. And they cost much less.

Corporates can take some social responsibility and sponsor the tests for various neighborhoods. It would be desirable to have the government fund at least one free complete checkup in a year. But that can be left to discuss some other day.

The data from these devices would be of immense value if it can be anonymized and integrated into a central system. Various educational institutions can pull this data and analyze for various patterns (great project for students). Medical colleges can analyze and find out insights such as, clusters of regions in a city where people have certain abnormality,vitamin deficiency, under weight babies, overweight adults, etc.

Social Institutions can act on the above data and take necessary steps to educate the neighborhood. Have the students and professors take up the responsibility to spread the needed awareness in respective neighborhoods.

Engineering institutions can interact with Medical and Social institutes to identify the right questions and then apply Machine Learning and other big data tools to analyzing and find answers.

Providing at least a triage service if not a complete health care for 1.2 billion people might be possible with such innovations. Kudos !! to the team at Swasthya Slate. Eager to see health care being accessible to one and all.