Improving Healthcare through smartphones

Below is a very very basic and rough draft of a idea me and selvam has been thinking about. We will start research and dedicated work on it after our end semester exams. IF you have any suggestion please help us out by commenting below. We would appreciate your help.

Problem:

  1. Travelling Cost : Poor Indian villagers spend most of their out-of-pocket health expenses on travel to the specialty hospitals in the city and for staying in the city along with their escorts.A recent study conducted by the Indian Institute of Public Opinion found that 89% of rural Indian patients have to travel about 8 km to access basic medical treatment, and the rest have to travel even farther.
  2. Village/Suburban Doctor : Generally the doctors in the villages and town are trainees who are inexperienced and ill-informed.They become professionally isolated and outdated if stationed in remote areas. The technological solutions are lacking reliability, user friendliness & most importantly governmental support.There are people who are affected by the fear of the unknown in handling computers and other equipment
  3. First Aid : The villagers are ill-informed about the first aid measures that should be taken in case of different emergencies.

Solution:

  1. Power of Smartphones :Leverage the features of smartphone to empower the village doctor
  2. Remote Consultancy Services : Provide the villagers with feature to video chat to expert physicians residing in cities at a nominal fee. Also avoiding the cost incurred in travel and saving the time lost in the commute.
  3. Information database : Smart apps which enable the trainee doctor get the best possible information about all the ailments and medicines through a legit database. Key to the acceptance of the app relies in the user friendliness of the interface.
  4. EHR: App which will help the doctor to keep track of his patients. Past treatment and diagnosis.
  5. Easy Localisation : The applications will provide all the information in the local languages.
  6. HCI : Touch based very interactive design which can be operated by villagers. Help women during pregnancy with alerts regarding regular checkups and tests.
  7. Cheaper Solution : A smartphone is cheaper than computer and easy to handle and maintain.

Scope & Limitations:

The use of mobile networks and smartohones in rural health has immense potential. Current solutions use of the existing 2G networks (which has penetrated the most) and sms based interface. Our approach differs from the fact that we are using interactive design and intuitive interface (along with the 2G network).This system is cheaper to implement as the smartphone devices are cheap but have immense power and capabilities. For example,consider a village of 100 families. The setup cost of the system will be around (Rs.30,000) i.e. 2 smart phones + 4 Akash devices + Misc. Total Population = 100 x 4 = 400 Setup Cost per person = 30,000/400 = Rs. 75. This is a feasible investment options to elevate the state of health-care in villages by manifolds. The only foreseable limitation is the acceptance of the technology by the rural people. We are planning to overcome this problem with the intuitive interface. Given that the benefits are too great to ignore we hope the rural people will embrace the system.

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Guest lecture at Spectra 1.0

We were invited for a guest talk in the Inter-College IT competition Spectra 1.0. We got a overwhelming response, contrary to what we had expected :P. We got a warm welcome by Mr. Sumit, the coordinator of Spectra 1.0. He was the one who invited us there and he happened to be a lecturer.

We had lunch with Sumit. I got to know that its a 2 day event where colleges were participating. I also posed him a question, why is the venue a Commerce college for an IT fest. Its actually because the college also has BCA and MCA students.Our talk was in a nice hall which had all the arrangements we required and there we were greeted with roses 🙂 the usual way.

Jatin gave brilliant introductory talk. He had really set the stage for me. I was happy to see the crowd interacting with him. Jatin asked a question to the audience, “What is android? Lets make a definition from the pool of information you give me!” And people started shooting words..”Open Source”, “Mobile OS”, “Based on Linux kernel”, “Works on many devices”…. We both were impressed. And Jatin with full enthu completed the talk. The last punch of his was the Tom cat joke 😉 can’t be stated in public. 😛

I started with an example Man Builds Android App To Propose To Girlfriend Story.That was totally spontaneous and gave me a break through. Everyone was now listening to what i have to say. 😛 “A tool to propose your girlfriend, why not?”, “I also wana learn it!” was the attitude. After that it was a smooth ride.

We publicised our workshop,’KickStart Android’. Distributed the course details and the Brochure to Sharmila Ma’am and Sumit sir. Sumit sir was our point of contact. We explained the concept to both and they were motivated to send their students for the workshop. Sharmila ma’am gave us the token of appreciation, which were Parker pen m/ with Swiss knife.


I personally feel its a great achievement for me and a stepping stone for much more to come. Although I was a student, everyone at spectra 1.0 treated me with all the respect and gratitude they would have given to someone else.I would also like to thank Bedekar Sir to give us this opportunity and guide us to give an awesome talk.

Cheers!!

An Android tracing App

 

This project is one of my self projects.
The aim was to understand HTTPClient in Android and Asynctask. Also I wanted to publish a app in the android market as I have never done it before.
I was browsing the market and a idea struck me. Can Indian android users, trace the unknown mobile numbers, or vehicle numbers instantaneously if required? I searched the android market  and found that there was no such app which gives you all these functionalities at one place. Without giving it more thought I jumped into developing it. 

I found websites which would give you the response of such queries. Using firebug, I figured out what are is the type of the query and the variables used in the query? After that it was easy. 🙂

Now after developing the core functionality I found that the app also taught me how to implement a Dashboard and its importance. Dashboard is one if the Design patterns suggested by google. Not on ly this, I had never pondered on the design aspects of the android application. As the application was small and simple, I ventured into the styling of the UI. I am still learning the techniques and that is the reason I haven’t been able to oublish it in the market yet.

But very soon!! 🙂

 

 

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Birth of Offline Way2Go

The idea was born in Prof. Mangesh Bedekar’s Chamber when he was telling me about the problem of transferring data on the computer screen to mobile or your laptop etc. For example, you use google map and pan your trip! You create way points and different routes etc between two places. Now you want to save it in your mobile or your laptop! how will you do it? The crude way i can think of is saving it as a image by taking the screenshot of your computer screen. 

Then we found out that in USA, this problem has been addressed. The  solution in brief is that you  take a screen shot and save it. Then through image processing the image will be saved a real time data into your device. Here is the link to what i m refering to.But we also found out that, you have barcode and QR code scanning capability in the mobile devices. So we can ecode some data and pass it to the required device.

To our dismay, people had already thought of it and made browser extensions to save a url, text or image url in a qr code and transfer it to your phone. Then we came up with this idea, which we later on named as Offline Way2Go.

It is a chrome extension and a website where you can enter places of your choice and get the directions between them as suggested by google in the form a QR code.This will be useful for those who dont have GPRS or travelling without any kind of internet connection in their phone.
Later we thought of adding a feature in the android app where they can also share the directions to others if they want. Why only a chrome extension? Because it was too easy to make one 🙂
Why an Android app? Because I only know Android programming. If the idea is excepted by users, I ll not hesistate in making Iphone app as well.

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