Emergency Responder Care and EMR for Panama's Indigenous Ngobes

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Emergency Responder Care and EMR for Panama's Indigenous Ngobes

Multiple, PanamaScottsdale, United States
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Project Stage:
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

We deliver a solar-powered system for phone and internet service in rural locations. In conjunction, we offer software to maximize the efficacy of this technology with microloans and emergency medical records for smart phones. As a result, aid organizations have a suite of effective tools for alleviating poverty and offering health, economic, and educational opportunity to regions they serve.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

68% of the world's population lives without access to internet. See vimeo.com/60497507 for more info.

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

A solar-powered unit with a cellular repeater, battery, charging strip, and a smart phone. By installing these units, people in remote locations can access the internet and phone service. Individuals can not only benefit from access to medical resources, but economic opportunity and education open up as possibilities as well. In this way, long-term causes of healthcare issues resolve themselves more quickly.
Impact: How does it Work

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

In Panama, a boy has just cut his calf with a machete and is bleeding profusely. Rather than die, his father can call a doctor that can arrive with medical care. As he arrives, the doctor can also provide first aid guidance to the father.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

To date, this work has put 3,000 individuals in Panama, won a competition through The Global Poverty Project to meet Bill Gates (http://www.globalcitizen.org/Content/Content.aspx?id=216a7c43-2e3c-4b43-86b3-6905ddac6c08) and Alex Blum was named a TEDMED Front Line Scholar for 2013 (tedmed.com). Next month, our team will install five more units in Panama, putting 40,000 more individuals within close range of phone and internet services and the emergency medical care services that come with it.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We intend to expand and lease more of these units to non-profit and for-profit health organizations. This revenue will create a foundation for us to expand our Electronic Medical Records software, collecting highly valuable data than can be sold to pharmaceutical researchers and academics.

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

Different components of our project, like bringing light or telecommunications systems exist, but, to date, the entire package we deliver does not exist elsewhere.

Founding Story

Alex Blum returned from working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Panama with the indigenous Ngobe tribe in May 2012. While there, he translated from the indigenous Ngobe language to English and Spanish for a non-profit called The Floating Doctors (floatingdoctors.com) Upon returning, he realized that the incredible growth of phone applications could benefit the friends he had come to make while living abroad for two years. However, he lived in an area with no phone service, electricity, or running water. This led him to start thinking about how to provide a foundation of possibility to start implementing phone and healthcare systems to the region in a fast, flexible, and sustainable manner. More info at 00-O.com and vimeo.com/60497507.
About You
00-O Benefit Corporation
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About Your Organization
Organization Name

00-O Benefit Corporation

Organization Country

, AZ, Scottsdale, Maricopa County

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Project description
What are your organization's top three priorities in the next year?

Implement more internet access units
Begin Microloans
Spread Awareness

Your project
Project Support
Need #1

Consumer/Audience Acquisition

Need #2

Digital Marketing Strategy

Based on your first choice of the eight technical categories you selected above, what is your specific project need? Please be specific!

We need help engaging with organizations and governments that could benefit from our technology. We are overworked and understaffed and simply can not take advantage of the opportunities we know exist.

What three characteristics or qualities do you prioritize in working relationships/partnerships?

Peer Relationships




Actions, not Words

Will support from American Express be focused on your organization overall or a specific product/service? Please describe.


Have you focused on the above area previously? If so, please explain, including whether you have worked with outside consultants before.

Since we have only started implementing our system as one integrated whole, we have not.

Are you able to commit 3-5 hours/wk over 10-12 weeks?


Are you able to meet virtually or at a convenient in-person location?


Are you able to meet in the city where your organization is based?


Rank your three intended outcomes of this project:

New Clients


Expanded Internet and Phone Access in Developing Nations


Microloan System Implementation

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

We have been serving the Ngobe Indigenous Community in Panama for over three years and have seen over 25,000 patients. We have collected extensive medical records. Additionally, our project has recently agreed to a partnership with Digicel, a major telecom company in Panama.

What is your project future impact after receiving professional support from American Express?

We hope to expand worldwide, bringing internet access and the benefits that accompany it to every individual on earth. By integrating the data we yield, we can produce better educational, medical, and economic outcomes.