Response from Academia: Design of a Portable Health Clinic

Kyushu University, Japan and Grameen Communications, Bangladesh have been jointly working since 2007 to understand the local needs and design an advanced healthcare delivery system which will be affordable by the unreached community, usable by a local healthcare worker and financially sustainable.

We prototyped a Portable Health Clinic (PHC) system, primarily considering the local infrastructure and needs of the rural communities. We developed and used advanced medical and ICT technologies to make the service systematically efficient. A social business model is proposed and examined to ensure the financial sustainability and measure the social impacts.

Designing such a system requires multidisciplinary knowledge and expertise. Kyushu University teamed with experts from difference disciplines: ICT experts, medical and clinical experts, public health experts, nursing experts, social science experts, data scientists and business experts.