Introductions

@bngejane - Welcome Mr. Ngejane! We’re excited to have you join our online community of experts.

At present we are discussing the following topics:
Major constraints in regard to frontline health systems in LMICs and how technology can be leveraged to overcome these constraints
Challenges in vaccine distribution in LMICs and how technology can solve these challenges.
You can go through the existing comments and if you have any thoughts on these topics, please share it with us.
We look forward to you contribution. Thanks.

Thanks for the invitation. I am a director of the Laboratory of Medical Imaging and Computation at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. lmic.mgh.harvard.edu. Looking forward to working with you.

Exciting to join this community to discuss frontline healthcare systems in LMICs. I’m based in Silicon Valley, California, focused on designing learning health systems to help reduce healthcare disparities in developing countries. Exploring new solutions for covid-19, epilepsy, doctor referral, patient education, etc. The key is to come up with sustainable and scalable technology solutions through feeling their pains on the ground. Looking forward to discussion.

Hello, and thanks for the invitation. I’m Dr. Riika Makinen from Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland. I work as a senior researcher in the department of Technology: Environment and Energy. At the moment I work with indoor hygiene, which basically means infection prevention and control with built environment, e.g. antimicrobial surfaces, HVAC, microbiological quality of drinking water, decent planning and construction, etc. The idea is to break the infection chain, and also to tackle the global issues of antibiotic resistant microbes and global pandemics. So, quite timely with the present situation of SARS-CoV-2. :wink: Nice to be part of the XPRIZE community!

@synhodo - Thank you Dr. Synho for introducing yourself. We look forward to your contributions in various discussion topics.

@ajchenx and @Riika - Welcome AJ and Riika! We’re excited to have you join our online community of experts. Both of you have great experience and very well aligned with the objective of this project.

At present we are seeking advice from experts on the key issues of frontline health systems:
Major constraints in regard to frontline health systems in LMICs and how technology can be leveraged to overcome these constraints
Challenges in vaccine distribution in LMICs and how technology can solve these challenges.
We would love to hear your thoughts on these latest discussion topics.

@Shashi thanks. I’ll comment on the major constraints issue, where we are working on AI intervention.

@LeeStein @drdavewinkler @kenjisuzuki @jonc101 @bngejane @synhodo @ajchenx @Riika Welcome, and thank you for joining our community! We are very excited to have you. As Shashi mentioned, we’d love for you to review and add to the key discussions currently taking place.

Hello all, I am Raj Panda, MD, MPH and a research prof @ the public health foundation of India . my area of interest is health system research, behavioral science and using implementation science for generating evidence for impact. I lead several projects using different designs for evaluation starting from simple pre post studies to more complicated RCTs.
I also train large number of health care workers including providers as well as front line health workers I also worked in policy research and helped in the technical design of the UHC policy document in India.Current work revolves around evaluation of the use of tele-mentoring platforms for building skills in providers and front line health workers (CHWs) in different domains. I am also testing the use of mobile health for behavioral change in patients in primary health care
Excited to be part of this group to learn and share my experiences in examining how technology can be integrated into primary care

@rajpanda - Welcome Dr. Panda. It’s great to have you in our community of experts. You background and experience are awesome.
Given your experience in training health care workers - it would be nice to know the challenges you faced initially while approaching / training local health workers in low and middle income countries. Did you’ll provide any incentives to them - if yes; what were these incentives.

Also, as your research interest has been health systems, what are the biggest constraints when considering frontline health systems in low- and middle-income countries? what aspects of these systems require the most work and how advances in AI can benefit these systems. We would love to hear thoughts on it here. Many thanks.

Hello everyone. Thank you @Shashi for inviting me to join the Frontline Health forum. Please let me know what can I do to help design a project competition for improved access to frontline healthcare systems.

I am a Doctor of Science candidate in a regional food and development research center in Hermosillo, México. So, we are located about four hours away from Tucson, AZ, by car. I study the societal domain of the nutrition process, in other words, I focus on what happens above the skin. In addition to analyzing the spatial access to food markets in the city of Hermosillo, we asked a group of women about their decision-making processes in relation to their families’ nutritional needs. My evaluation methods are basically qualitative and I am currently in transition towards systems science research.

@anaconnav - Thanks Ana for introducing yourself.
If you have any experience or knowledge of Digital Health success in low- and middle-income countries, please share it with us here. Thanks.

Hi everyone , I’m Biki sarmah , a mechanical engineer from oxylab . As we know Rising healthcare costs put economic pressure on families and businesses in addition to constraining access to healthcare to those that can afford the increased cost.In developing countries , the high price of medical imaging systems such as MRI ,CT and PET imaging limits access to medical imaging because of both price and physical access since the sparse geographical distribution of medical imaging systems also imposes a travel barrier for those that would benefit from them.Almost 122 Indians per 10,000 die due to poor quality of care and less access to medical imaging facility each year but we can reduce those death.we try to designed a new generation of portable medical device .which may be capable of producing accurate 3-D image with less harmful effect. The device is need to be cost effective and user friendly with less technical complication so a non-specialists like nurse ,junior doctor ,general practitioners and our trained person diagnose with the same accuracy as a radiologist as a specialist . looking forward to contributing to this great global health initiative.

@biki - Welcome Biki! We’re excited to have you join our online community of experts.
Congratulations on designing portable medical device. This would tremendously improve access to healthcare.

Just a quick question, is this device already in use? if yes; it would be nice to hear some success stories and any challenges faced in implementing it here.

At present we are discussing the key issues of frontline health systems:
How A.I. can be used to increase preventative care in low- and middle-income countries?
Major constraints in regard to frontline health systems in LMICs and how technology can be leveraged to overcome these constraints
We would love to hear your thoughts on these latest discussion topics.

In case you have come across any interesting reports, articles or documentaries etc. that throws light on how healthcare works in low and middle-income countries or how technology is used to overcome healthcare barriers, please share it with us here.
Many thanks.

Hi everyone! My name is Parisa Glass. I lead the entrepreneurship and innovation program at The George Institute for Global Health. We are a leading medical research institute in Australia with major office in India, China and UK.
We partner with governments, health facilities, communities and industry to address the largest health challenges and causes of death globally. We scale our impact by partnering with researchers, entrepreneurs and organisations to develop innovative affordable health solutions for low-middle-income countries or any resource poor settings. You can learn more about us on www.georgeinstitute.org and www.george-health.com
Couple of example of our work:

Thank you @Shashi for the invitation. I am Hongsoo KIM, a professor at Seoul National University Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul, South Korea. 서울대학교 | 서울대학교 보건대학원 Nice to be part of the XPRIZE community. I look forward to working with you.

Hi All, I am David Patterson Silver Wolf…a professor at Washington University in St Louis. My work focuses on incorporating performance-based practices to behavioral health and addiction services, specifically in underserved communities. While access to healthcare is vital…what’s equally important are the results (i.e. health & wellness performance outcomes) of those services. We have developed and are implementing performance-based tech tools in high-need and historically underserved systems of care. Looking forward to learning more about all of you and this important effort.

@Hongsoo, @dpatterson22 - Welcome Hongsoo and David! We’re excited to have you both join our online community of experts. Thank you for introducing yourself. We are extremely happy to have people from diverse background join us.

At present we are discussing key issues of frontline health systems.
We would love to hear your thoughts on any of these discussion topics.

In case you have come across any interesting reports, articles or documentaries etc. that throws light on how healthcare works in low and middle-income countries or how technology is used to overcome healthcare barriers, please share it with us here.

If you know anybody else who may be interested in this, then please feel free to forward the invitation I sent you or give them the link to the community. We’re interested in getting diverse points-of-view from different countries and different disciplines. The idea is that if we put together a diverse group of experts, we avoid group think and we come up with bold and innovative ideas.
Many thanks.

Hello everyone! I am Ewunate Assaye
I’m working on my MSc. thesis in biomedical instrumentation, I was working as an Assistant lecturer in biomedical engineering department @ University of Gondar from October 2017 to September 2019 , I was working as Medical equipment service engineer @ Haremaya University specialized teaching hospital from September 2015 to October 2017.

Welcome Ewunate! We’re excited to have you join our online community of experts.

At present we are discussing prize ideas for frontline health challenge:

  • [What frameworks and criterion can be used for evaluation and success of a digital health program in a low resource environment?](https://community.xprize.org/discussion/858/pilot-testing-evaluation-frameworks-for-digital-health-solutions)
  • [Where should we test ehealth solution?](https://community.xprize.org/discussion/865/designing-for-a-country-specific-context)
We would love to hear your thoughts on these latest discussion topics.

In case you have come across any interesting reports, articles or documentaries etc. that throws light on how healthcare works in low and middle-income countries or how technology is used to overcome healthcare barriers, please share it with us here.