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$100,000 | Stage 1: Proof of Concept | Global Health
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Indus Hospital | Pakistan
The problem: Poor patient safety protocols in hospitals
Patients in developing countries risk disabling injuries or death simply by being admitted into hospitals with poor or non-existent patient safety protocols. The World Health Organization estimates that millions of people suffer disabling injuries or death directly attributable to medical care, although exact estimates are imprecise.
The problem is particularly relevant for those being treated in intensive care unit (ICU) patients in developing countries—patients in these settings experience substantially higher morbidity and mortality than those being treated in hospitals in the developed world.
The solution: Mobile health solutions and safety training
The Indus Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, partnering with Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Interactive Research and Development, is using DIV Stage 1 funding to test whether mobile technology linked with cultural training can overcome the challenges to safe medical care in hospital ICUs in Pakistan.
Hospital staffs receive training designed to promote a culture of patient safety by integrating safe medical practices into the daily work of the unit or clinical area. Using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on patient identification wristbands, health workers can access forms, procedure protocols, and important patient information by simply tapping the wristband with a cell phone. This lets health workers operate with the most up-to-date understanding of the patients’ condition and keep electronic records of patient safety events.
The potential: Cost-effectiveness, impacts and implications
By implementing procedural protocols, tracking patient data, normalizing safe medical practices and promoting a set of shared attitudes and behaviors that prioritize safety, the mobile technology and training program are directly addressing the kinds of preventable infections that result from unsafe medical procedures.
Scaling up the concurrent use of mobile health solutions and cultural training offers the promise of mortality reduction and physical vitality to millions of patients admitted to hospitals in Pakistan each year.
Last updated: May 26, 2016