Healthcaring for Rio

After several months of careful preparation, NGC is delighted to announce that the New Cities Foundation e-health project we are managing is up and running in Santa Marta, Rio.

Thanks to the constant support of the City of Rio’s Secretariat for Health, the amazing technology GE is lending us, the precious contribution of Cisco and Orange in terms of connectivity, the help of the University of State of Rio (UERJ) and, most importantly, the dedication of the teams of the Family Clinic of Santa Marta, the launching of the Pilot was a success.

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Just a day after a hands-on training for nurses and doctors of the Clinic on 31st July, the medical teams started using the mobile health kit, bringing healthcare to the houses of the most vulnerable patients of the community: the elderly, the disabled, the socially isolated inhabitants.

This state-of-the-art mobile health kit, an innovation by GE Healthcare, allows medical teams to get instantaneous exam results such as blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, triglyceride, ECG and also ultra-sound images (including echography) thanks to a V-scan the size of a mobile-phone.

With the help of our local project coordinator, Rosalie Marin, who has grassroots and academic knowledge of field work in the favelas[1], the project was developed on the basis of transparency, ownership and participation of the local community. The role of the Community workers, inhabitants of Santa Marta who work in the Clinic, has been crucial in helping us reach the most isolated patients and informing them about the project.

We are all very excited about this new phase of the Pilot. The following weeks will allow us to  test the solution on the ground and improve the project’s design based on the feedback of patients and medical teams.  The opinion and comments of the end-users will be precious to readjust the project and make it match the needs on the ground. We will then be able to finalize the connectivity aspect with NCF members Cisco and Orange.

Early 2013, we should be able to say, based on the independent assessment of the Brazilian researchers of the UERJ, whether this pilot can:

  • Allow for easier access to healthcare for those in need
  • Positively impact health indicators
  • Serve as a cost-effective healthcare delivery solution

More will follow on the developments of this amazing project. You can also check the the New Cities Foundation website for a more detailed briefing on the training session and GE’s presentation on Youtube

[1] Rosalie holds a Master’s Degree from la Sorbonne (Paris) on the pacification process in the favela of Rocinha, one of the largest favela in Brazil.

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