Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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SPEED is a disease surveillance system for health emergencies and disasters using mobile and Internet.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Disease surveillance and outbreak monitoring after disasters

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

SPEED or Surveillance Post Extreme Emergencies and Disasters is mobile- and Internet-based disease surveillance system for disasters by the Health Emergency Management Staff of the Department of Health and the World Health Organization Philippines. It monitors 21 key diseases that occur after a major disaster, such as diarrhea, leptospirosis, and measles. SPEED allows health workers in evacuation centers and health facilities to send daily disease data through SMS and Internet. SPEED aggregates this data and generates alerts, tables, graphs, and maps based on location and date range. SPEED can generate data from the level of the evacuation center upto the national level. SPEED was funded by the World Health Organization and AUSAID.
Impact: How does it Work

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

A SPEED reporter (i.e. health worker) sends a preformatted SMS message containing the disease tally in an evacuation center or health facility. If a disease threshold is breached, the SPEED server will send an SMS message to health emergency managers regarding a possible outbreak. The SPEED system then aggregates the disease data to generate reports for municipal, provincial, regional and national managers for disaster response and policy-making.

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

Currently, the most predominant player in public health technology is Voxiva. Our solution is cheaper and simpler to use compared to theirs, but since they are bigger and more well-established, they pose a significant challenge for the growth of SPEED.

Founding Story

SPEED was created in response to Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 (international name Ketsana), the most devastating typhoon to hit Manila which resulted in one of the largest leptospirosis outbreaks in the world. Subseqeuently, the Global Outbreak Alert Response Network identified the need for an effective monitoring system for early detection of unusual increases in major public health events during emergencies.
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How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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How long have you been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

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

Access, Cost.

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

To minimize or eliminate morbidity and mortality due to disease outbreaks related to disaster
To develop a robust public health disease surveillance system for emergencies and disasters

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Since 2010, SPEED has been used in a number of disasters, such as Typhoon Quiel (international name Nalgae) and Typhoon Sendong (international name Washi) in 2011. There have been outbreaks of leptospirosis due to Typhoon Sendong, but not of the magnitude as Typhoon Ondoy. It is not yet known what role SPEED has played in decreasing the incidence of outbreaks. SPEED has been rolled out in 10 out of the 17 regions in the Philippines, with subsequent training for the rest of the country in 2012.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

It is hoped that SPEED can eliminate all preventable morbidity and mortality due to disease outbreaks in disasters, since the Philippines is listed as the most disaster-prone country in the world. Since morbidity and mortality due to disaster is increasing because of the effects of climate change globally, SPEED can play a major role in lowering disease burden, especially in developing nations similar to the Philippines which are vulnerable to climate change.

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

The largest barrier to adoption of SPEED is the devolution of healthcare and disaster response to the local government unit. Ultimately, the usage of SPEED will depend on the support of the local chief executive, such as the mayor and governor. Continuous training and advocacy is needed to increase the usage of SPEED.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Expand to the remaining 7 regions in the country.

Task 2

Conduct further refinements based on actual usage during disasters.

Task 3

Develop white label version.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Develop mobile app for Android and Nokia Symbian.

Task 2

Explore partnerships with local and regional telcos.

Task 3

Explore funding from angel investors and venture capital

Tell us about your partnerships

Currently, we are working with the Health Emergency Management Staff of the Department of Health and the World Health Organization, although there is no formal partnership. We are also exploring collaboration with the local telecom operators Smart Communications and Globe Telecom. We are also working the Nokia Philippines in developing mobile healthcare apps.

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

At the moment, no, but we are looking at expanding to neighboring countries in Southeast Asia and other countries with a similar disaster profile to the Philippines.

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