History of Portable Health Clinic
- Kyushu University and Grameen Communications signed an agreement to study and build social information infrastructure model for unreached populations.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Triage system added Corona logic
- A telephone based survey was done over 1100 PHC members
- PHC was redesigned to reduce transmission risk