Smart connect: Last mile data connectivity for rural health facilities

Richard Anderson*, Eric Blantz, David Lubinski, Eleanor O'Rourke, Mark Summer, Krysta Yousoufian

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9 Scopus citations

Abstract

In this paper we address the problem of providing data connection to the periphery of the health system by presenting Smart Connect. Smart Connect is a custom device that uses the cell phone network to provide limited data connectivity between a rural health facility and a server connected to the Internet. Through an analysis of the health systems in Nicaragua and Vietnam, we have identified a variety of processes that could be improved with this device. These include filing incidence reports on diseases, receiving results of diagnostic test, and providing automatic monitoring of vaccine refrigeration equipment. The main contributions of this work include a presentation of the Smart Connect requirements derived from the health care systems of Nicaragua and Vietnam, an argument in favor of facility based communication devices, and a brief discussion of the design for the Smart Connect device.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions, NSDR '10
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010
Event4th ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions, NSDR'10 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2010Jun 15 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 4th ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions, NSDR '10

Other

Other4th ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions, NSDR'10
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period6/15/106/15/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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