What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The dramatic difference between medical care available in the developed world, and that which is available in emerging and developing markets.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
In the US and Canada, there are 27 doctors per 10,000 population, which is almost double the world average of 14.
In India, there are only 6 doctors per 10,000, and countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia and Kenya are much worse off with 3, 2 and 1 doctors per 10,000 respectively.
The dearth of physicians creates massive pressure on the medical system, and great demand for innovation. Within a country such as India, already challenged by the shortage of doctors, the rural/urban divide makes the problem even more dramatic.
For the wealthiest residents in the largest cities, a standard of care is available which eclipses many developed countries. However that standard of care comes at great expense. While 72% of India’s population lives in rural areas, only 3% of the specialists in the country live there.
What is your solution?
By providing organizations, government departments, and companies with the mobile software and hardware required to allow community health workers to access remote diagnostics and treatment plans from urban-based doctors and specialists, we are improving the level of care available in rural areas.
In addition, because our system is asynchronous, each individual consultation requires fewer minutes from a doctor or specialist, thereby allowing the limited number of medical professionals in a country to provide care to a greater number of patients.
We have a beta platform that is tested and ready to go to market, and we have three projects lined up in India. With your support we can roll out these projects and make a significant impact on the lives of millions of people around the world.
How will you deliver this?
Who is behind you and in your team?
Nigel Tunnacliffe who is a relentlessly optimistic serial entrepreneur. He has launched five startups including in software and clean-tech. He studied mobile communications as an undergraduate, and received an MBA from the University of Oxford where he studied as a Skoll Scholar.
Tyler Knight who brings extensive experience implementing clinic management systems and integrating electronic medical records into daily practice. He holds degrees in Healthcare Management from Harding University, and Business from the University of Oxford.
Murray Heyns who is a medical doctor and entrepreneur who started and ran a medical services business in South Africa, and was general manager for a global logistics organisation with extensive experience in operations and management of remote branches.
Anoop Ramanathan who brings half a decade of experience managing enterprise technology solutions for a Fortune 500 company, working for blue chip clients across the globe. Most recently he was the technical cofounder of a successful India-based web startup.
What other resources do you have to help achieve the venture’s goals?
We have three projects lined up with three different innovative Indian rural health organizations, and many more in our pipeline. To deliver these projects we are leveraging partnerships with innovative researchers across Oxford University, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which allows us to gain access to cost effective diagnostic protocols and devices.