History of Portable Health Clinic

Year 2007: 

  • Kyushu University and Grameen Communications signed an agreement to study and build social information infrastructure model for unreached populations.

Year 2008:

  • A survey was conducted in Bangladesh to understand the technical and social requirements of remote healthcare systems in Bangladesh funded by JST and IST, Fukuoka. Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital provided technical assistance.

Year 2009:

  • A booth shaped clinic was designed funded by JST SSP research fund. The idea was to set one booth in one community like a telephone booth. Later considering the local tradition, a portable health clinic was designed and proposed for further research funding. 

Year 2010

  • A basic software tool was developed to collect and archive family health records. Three hundred seventy seven (377) health checkup was done in Ekhlaspur, Chandpur as a trial of the system by using JST fund.

Year 2011

  • Toyota funded the  project. Devices of the portable health clinic with a VSAT antenna were installed in the car. The idea was that the car will move from villages to villages.

Year 2012

  • Over six thousand patients were provided basic health checkup. Square Hospital provided doctors for remote health consultancy. The software system was updated with patient, doctor modules. Prescription system was added.

Year 2013-2014

  • PHC focused on non-communicable diseases. A triage system was added. A doctor call center was established in Grameen Complex. Over 15000 members were registered and served from garments and construction industries. The data collection was funded by FIRST project. 

Year 2015-2019

  • Toyota continued funding for developing the technologies and sustainable models. 
  • Researchers from other faculties in Kyushu university joined
  • Triage system added a D-logic version considering disaster situation
  • PHC had both modular and geographical expansion. From non-communicable disease to eye care, maternal and child health. India, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia joined. 

Year 2020

  • Triage system added Corona logic
  • A telephone based survey was done over 1100 PHC members
  • PHC was redesigned to reduce transmission risk