A doctor using Simple in a primary health center in Maharashtra, India in 2019

What we are learning by creating an ultra-thin EMR

Only 17 months ago, our team wrote the first line of code for the Simple app. Today, clinicians manage over 125,000 patients with hypertension. What got us there?

Daniel Burka
Sep 18, 2019 · 11 min read

The challenge

A chart showing the relative scale of deaths from communicable diseases, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
A chart showing the relative scale of deaths from communicable diseases, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
By using evidence-based methods, it’s possible to save 3 million lives every year from cardiovascular disease

Ask for the bare minimum

*In June we introduced a patient ID we call a “BP Passport” with a scannable QR code.

Easy to learn, easy to deploy

Using personal Android devices

Personal device usage data as of Aug 31, 2019

Go offline-first

Work with frontline health workers

Members of the Simple user experience team (Dhruv, Tanushree, and Akshay) working with clinicians
An example of an actual customer support report prepared in India. See the Google Doc

Made in India

A truly agile approach

Build on the experience of others

This one chart is just made up… :)

Avoid the buzz

It’s not about the software

What’s next?

Patients with “BP Passports”, an ID system for Simple. Over 50,000 BP Passports have been distributed to patients.

Footnotes

Simple

The fast, free app for clinicians to manage their patients with high blood pressure.

Daniel Burka

Written by

Daniel is a designer and product manager. He works on Simple.org

Simple

Simple

Simple is the fast, free app for clinicians to manage their patients with high blood pressure. Learn more at: simple.org

Daniel Burka

Written by

Daniel is a designer and product manager. He works on Simple.org

Simple

Simple

Simple is the fast, free app for clinicians to manage their patients with high blood pressure. Learn more at: simple.org

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