Archive for the ‘Public Health’ Category

And off we go #eHealth #Network project on Twitpic

Given the state of infrastructure we have in Kuwait for electronic networks and how unfortunately we are behind in comparison to other countries worldwide for wired connectivity (fiber/cable) to as close as possible to the last mile, we have just started exploring with WIMD Kuwait on a PoC testing wireless network delivery for Internet and Point-to-Point networks for our eHealth projects! Very excited for the outcomes and let’s see how this one will go

An interesting article and report! This is how information technology is helping transform healthcare systems: http://goo.gl/hYpr6. “The report was the result of three meetings held in the summer and fall of 2010, bringing together researchers, computer scientists, privacy experts, clinicians, healthcare administrators, health IT professionals, representatives of patient advocacy groups, healthcare policymakers, and other stakeholders.”

The goal is to bring about the “emergence of a digital infrastructure that allows data collected during activities in various settings — clinical, research, and public health — to be integrated, analyzed, and broadly applied (‘collect once, use for multiple purposes’) to inform and improve clinical care decisions, promote patient education and self-management, design public health strategies, and support research and knowledge development efforts in a timely manner.” – Anthony Guerra, InformationWeek

Hope this won’t be the case with our new clinical EMR systems that we’re working on setting up 🙂

An article my big boss at work wrote about how information technology and eLearning are shaping the future of medicine and healthcare.

“The first ten years of this century has seen dramatic changes in the approachto healthcare brought about largely by the introduction of technology”

Read the full article at: http://healthg20.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/103-108-Behbehani-Beales_2010.pdf

 

Medic Mobile is out! I gotta say that I’m loving this great tool and platform and can definitely see the potential for it in rural and developing parts of the world. I would love to get my hands on a project to implement this. Here’s is what the development team has to say about it:

“Our approach is about tools that can be appropriated and adapted by health workers all over the globe, many of whom have little support from professional IT staff.

Mobile phones play an increasingly integral role in daily life in the developing world and some of our greatest global health challenges can be addressed through connectivity. Medic is seizing this opportunity by developing software, hardware, implementation strategies and impact analysis in mobile health.

The same team of FrontlineSMS with the same open source tools, have re-branded FrontlineSMS:Medic in their unique approach to mHealth.

Oh and it gets even better with providing a simple interface for an EHR, and it’s called PatientView

Site: http://medicmobile.org/

Big Shoutout to the team! You all are AWESOME 🙂

So yes, I’m back again and on track hopefully this time. I’ve been away for almost over 6 months now! My new career has been very demanding and exciting that I barely have the time to blog with all my other personal and volunteer commitments. I do however hope this is a great start and to be back on track again to report on the great technologies for health and the types of health informatics projects/initiatives I’m involved with in Kuwait 🙂

with the many complications of Diabetes and other related chronic conditions, blindness may occur without proper diagnosis and treatment! The good news is that this is preventable with proper follow-up and diagnosis, Kuwait has the Topcon NW-200 devices across Kuwait in their Primary Care clinics, and the services are free to citizens and approx $3 for expatriates!! The bad news is that these devices are not networked in anyway and some lack the financial resources to buy ink-jet prtiner ink!!! This is really sad 😦

With the many Clinical Informatics project we have underway at Dasman Diabetes Institute, I plan to roll-out a solution that will solve this problem once and for all hopefully! Osirix came in highly recommended by my buddies at the Division of Clinical Informatics at Harvard’s Beth Isreal Deconoss Medical Center. I’m meeting with the device reseller here in Kuwait to discuss their plans that they are involved in with the Ministry of Health’s Public Health Department. There might be a possibility of cooperation! SO EXCITED!

Anyone interested to help out? Please do drop me a line if you know how to get a hold of me or leave a comment with your contact details!! Let’s prevent blindness in Kuwait, Let help diabetics and future generations 🙂