Access to healthcare is a challenge from so many perspectives and in addition to the physical and logistical challenges, the time it takes to get results and the cost are two extreme factors. The Health Department Govt of Sindh have launched a mobile diagnostics project in collaboration with Integration Xperts and iSTOC . The project conducted 120,000 blood screenings across Sindh for 6 infectious diseases: Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. The primary objective was to identify, treat and rehabilitate people affected with infectious diseases quickly and effectively.
This solution allows speed, accuracy and reach to provide quality healthcare to the under-privileged population of Sindh. They not only covered the major cities like Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Sukkur, Nawabshah but also small towns and villages. They covered 4 prisons across Sindh including Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Sukkur and Dadu.
iStoc’s technology enables the screening of affected patients and allows more efficient utilization of government funds. The massive collection of data marked by location allows it to be categorized. This allows money to be spent in a much more targeted way. For instance if an area is experiencing an outbreak of malaria, the bulk of the money sent there can be spent on preventative measures like mosquito nets and vaccines.
Under this program and with a team of nurses and students of DOW University, the program managed to cover hospitals, schools, universities, villages, public places to screen mass population.The technology being used has officially been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Conformity (CE) and complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards.
Faisal Iftikhar, Team Lead at Integration Xperts, said, “Our mission was to create an impact by screening (the population) for infectious diseases using…machine vision, cloud computing and point of care diagnostics.”