The Health Revolution? Windows 8 To Power Low Cost Healthcare In Rural Areas

Ll_mcgill Students Health Care Rural Phone Windows 8 Thumb A two-student team from the McGill University in Canada has figured out a way to deliver cheap yet effective healthcare to really remote locations and villages where a doctor cannot always be found, via Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Windows 8 And Windows Phone Helps Students Deliver Health Care To Rural Areas

Access to medical care is something that most of us city dwellers take for granted. In fact, we take the fact that we can get multiple opinions for granted. But move out to a rural area and suddenly it is difficult to get access to just one doctor, good or bad. Two students from the McGill university in Canada have found out a way to bring health care to these remote areas by having the consultation done remotely via Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Meet Abhijeet Kalyan and Shravan Narayan — students at McGill University, Canada. They have taken your regular Windows 8 and Windows Phone and changed them in to health care platform and devices respectively. Their plan is called Project Neem and it is organized in a centralized manner. It puts one healthcare worker in each village. This person is equipped with basic medical training and a windows 8 device that is loaded with a custom app that gives them access to a variety of features.

Using this app, they can scan and identify the patient using their national ID cards. Then they can record the patient’s medical info like blood pressure readings, temperature, etc. The app has a virtual human body built in that users can tap to bring up a series of symptoms that can be associated with that part of the body. So for example you can choose the torso and have options like swelling, rash, bleeding and even fatigue. Unwarranted fatigue is also a sign of something going wrong inside.

All this information is stored in the cloud and then access through Windows 8 PCs by doctors located far away somewhere in the city. The doctor then reads the symptoms and relays the appropriate action to the healthcare worker and the process moves on. It is a basic yet easy to implement solution that has its drawbacks but at least it can take care of the lack of a general physician in the vicinity.

Published: Friday, November 2nd, 2012 Last Modified: November 2, 2012

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