CLAP: monitoring quality of life parameters

CLAP: monitoring quality of life parameters

South AfricaThessaloniki, Greece
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

CLAP is a low-cost infrastructure agnostic platform bringing patient empowering technology to isolated communities of developing nations.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In most of the developing countries today, often the governments do not have the means to reliable and timely gather information on the population whereabouts regarding health and the environment especially for the rural areas.Αs most of the rural areas are either hard-to-reach or technologically lagging, their population cannot get most of the benefits offered by the government. In some cases, rural areas are deprived of good education facilities, health care, food and nutrition, disaster relief etc. Acquiring exact and timely data from these rural areas is a crucial task which could assist the government to extend their development activities as well as to provide the rural areas with the facilities to fulfill the basic needs for living.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our main aim is to benefit from low-cost, low-power wireless technologies to facilitate bridging this gap by bringing rural areas closer to their government and governments of developing countries closer to the technological level of the developed world in an ICT4D manner. These self-organising, highly robust and energy efficient networks interface the physical world with smart communication and processing devices thereby creating a profound flexibility for awareness, emergency alerting and remote controlling.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Our framework consists of four interacting clouds. In cloud A sensors are deployed in crucial parts of the rural areas, that range from river banks, geographically challenging parts, schools, gathering places, homes, down to individuals. The sensor networks collect various critical data and send them to gateways referred as cloud B. A cloud B acts as a store & forward facility for the acquired data. It may also support the collection of other useful data like demographic data, health care information, agricultural information. Cloud B is implemented by networked communities that pre-exist for some other reason or are formed for this particular case. Examples of such network communities may be found in a OLPC equipped village, a mobile phones carrying community or a hospital on wheels, a vehicle mounted medical facility with wireless access functionality. A cloud B may move around the rural areas and serve many cloud A implementations or may be attached to only one and collect data only from them. Data communication from a cloud B to the outer world is performed by facilities referred as cloud C. The major task of a cloud C implementation is to ensure reliable acquisition and delivery of data from the rural areas to a centrally located center referred as cloud D.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Sana (www.sanamobile.org) represents an excellent example of peers. We are currently working with them in a diabeτic foot project in Greece and we understand that we share a common vision on mhealth interventions in the underserved areas of the world. We also team up with patient organisations in Europe both for product design and evaluation. In terms of competition, UN organisations have vastly funded over the years many corporations and NGOs to provide mhealth solution, albeit with minimum impact. We aim to patient empowerment through participation and low-cost sustainable solutions. That's what makes us different.
Team

Founding Story

At the beginning it was the OLPC. Everyone thought of it as a technology project; it was actually an education project. How can we make a similar health project? Then it was the mobile phones and the mhealth fuzz and buzz. Nice but too much donor depended and big investments on backbone infrastructure required. What can we do about it? Low-cost, low-power, infrastructure free techology is the solution. Aha! There you have it: CLAP
About You
Organization:
VIDAVO
About You
First Name

Pantelis

Last Name

Angelidis

About Your Organization
Organization Name

VIDAVO

Organization Country

, Thessaloniki

Country where this project is creating social impact
How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Cost, Quality.

Social Impact
Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

The goals are materialised through a pilot study to assess the performance of the development of a new telecare service for rural areas in Greece. The network was established in 25 remote and isolated rural municipalities of Greece, 10 of them located in islands. The local primary health services were equipped with the CLAP solution. At these points the family physicians record the vital signs of the patients suffering from chronic diseases. The data collected by various vital signs sensor devices (Cloud A), are transferred through IEEE 802.15.2 (Cloud B) and are finally transmitted over GPRS (Cloud C) to a central webserver. In total 777 different tele-consultations, evaluating vital signs transferred, and 2206 logins in the online patients’ health records database took place.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

A retrospective evaluation study was designed to evaluate the initial 6 months of the network being fully operational. Evaluation criteria measuring the adoption and the outcomes of the implementation of the specific telecare service were based on the recommendations of the WONCA on ICT to Improve Rural Health Care. The study showed that monitoring patients at home for chronic conditions dramatically improves survival rates. In addition, evidence shows that strict adherence to a medication regime is essential for effective treatment of a variety of health conditions, from Heart failure to diabetes. CLAP applications consists of one- or two-way communications to monitor health conditions, maintain environmental logs, ensure medication regimen adherence, enable awarness and self-education on hugiene and public health.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

Remote monitoring opens new possibilities for treating patients in an outpatient setting, a crucial capability in developing countries where access to hospital beds and clinics is limited. Applications that include inpatient and out-patient sensors for monitoring multiple conditions show striking results in terms of mortality and quality of life. As the benefits of these applications are documented in the developed world, remote monitoring is expected to become widespread and significantly improve health outcomes for a wide range of communicable and chronic diseases in developing countries, only if low-cost infrastructure-agnostic implementations are possible. CLAP achieves exactly that.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Physical barriers: increased flexibility as a result of the wireless solutions adopted
Technical barriers: connectivity retry-on-fail approach
Organisational barriers: Obtain the “commitment” of local authorities. Recruiting the right people that will carry out the work and achieving consent of high-level administrators, are essential
Scaling barriers: CLAP is fully scalable and flexible, so scalability limitations are easily confronted
Resource barriers: CLAP design takes into account technology and energy limitations in given settings
Cultural barriers: local peculiarities and inhabitants attitudes towards health and technology including language are taken into account, to safeguard smooth project implementation. Each environment is studied independently.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

One pilot running in a developing country.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Create a strong local community of volunteers to act as "champions' to advocate for the project

Task 2

Secure enough funding to support sizeable impact that will ensure project sustainability

Task 3

Create international interest and focus, thus mobilizing additional resources and positive publicity

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Attract interest of a company’s Social Corporate Responsibility division, to fund further expansion

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Setup an education/training, support and problem solving facility

Task 2

Kick-off project respecting the solid planning

Task 3

Begin evaluating impact and retrospective redesign

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

MIT MediaLab New Media Medicine group (http://newmed.media.mit.edu/) is offering a lot of insightful ideas on the design and impact issues.
University of W. Macedonia in Greece (http://users.uowm.gr/paggelidis/index-en.html) is supporting with sensor and telecom expertise.
Sana is supporting through their open source mhealth solution
Altsys (http://www.altysgroup.com/) is managing the operations in South Africa and mobilising local resources, volunteers and supporters

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?

CLAP is targeting populations in developing countries, and, especially in rural areas, which are technologically lagging. The main attributes of CLAP are summarized in the easy-to-use, low power and, still, reliable technology and, to this end, it is targeting isolated populations who would benefit from having access to quality health services.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

An open space environment with many external collaborators invited and mingled in and many participations in public events; no worries about IP and background knowledge protection; mobilisation of resources from volunteers and collaborators; nimble product design, easily readapted to external demand changes

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

The efficient implementation of CLAP requires capital and also, knowledge of the local targeted communities. Therefore, investement to address initial set up costs, marketing to promote the concept, collaboration with local actors and mentorship for the localization are required.
On the other hand, our expertise in m-health and innovation management can be helpful to other mhealth teams.

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