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One of the largest problems facing the developing world is a lack of trained physicians, while there is not a shortage of untrained or semi-trained workers. Sana offers an open-source data collection and collaboration platforms for clinical research and best practice health care delivery for underserved rural populations.
Sana recognizes that with local leadership and commitment, ripples of innovation can be aggregated into waves of sustainable change. By revolutionizing healthcare delivery in remote areas through innovative mobile information services, Sana improves patient access to medical specialists for faster, high quality and more cost-effective diagnosis and intervention.
The software provides assessment of medical illnesses; decision support for medical personnel; and patient data and images can be saved to a phone and uploaded to an electronic medical record. However, the team realized that technology alone cannot solve the healthcare crisis in developing countries, so they supplemented the open-source software with an educational course hosted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is available on their website to all who share the goal of learning ways to improve healthcare systems and policies.
Sana revolutionizes healthcare delivery in remote areas through innovative mobile information services that improve patient access to medical specialists for faster, high quality and more cost effective diagnosis and intervention.
Dr. Leo Celi, Katherine Kuan, John Blackeney and R.J. Ryan (United States of America), 2009