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Using postprandial glucose monitors for early intervention in obesity/prediabetes

Obesity and prediabetes are present in ~ 1/2 the adult population as well as teens. This will generate an insurmountable burden of disease, societal and economic burden, suffering and mortality going forward. One way to intervene- mini-clinics held during/after church luncheons, socials, street fairs, food festivals- anywhere that people eat in groups. Finger prick blood glucose is tested with widely available. Immediately... more »

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Concentrate of training and self-diagnosis

Providing tools, meeting spaces, community leadership and cheap diagnostic kits to help communities identify and treat routine needs would really help in two areas:
1) It would help thinly stretched hospitals & healthcare workers focus on the more serious & less routine cases.
2) By embedding these functions in the community and including community leadership as part of the program it can help to provide the strongest... more »

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Donate your "old" computers

Literally donate your old computers, iPads etc to non-profits that are dedicated to bringing the internet and technology to underprivileged communities. Many of your "broken" iPhones, and MacBooks can be refurbished and put to better use again. Giving these communities access to outside resources via the internet is a great place to start.

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Use online/offline digital training for volunteers

Utilizing online courses or offline digital courses loaded onto tablets, laptops etc., training could be provided to volunteers and staff to more quickly diagnose common symptoms and identify treatments for medical professionals.

Think of it in terms of tiered support when you have a technical computer issue. The 'front line' reps are not engineers, but do receive training to identify and resolve common issues. If front... more »

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Mobile clinic

The more remote the community the more spread out the community members. This would help for preventative medicine too, but would be of most use to those already sick or injured. The communities we are talking about will not have transportation available to them. These areas often have poor or minimal road systems, limited public transportation and the public can't often afford their own.

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Video conferencing stations in remote village clinics

While it's obvious that a video conference call cannot replace the presence of a doctor in the flesh, there are many cases where a doctor or team of doctors can guide trained personnel through an unknown situation. Many health organizations now offer video conferencing programs for their members to communicate with their doctors without needing to visit their doctor's office. This would expand the sheer number of doctors... more »

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Doctor Networking and Activity Tracker App

This app is for doctors and nurses for them to share information about challenging cases and to compare the types of cases they deal with daily. The app would simultaneously measure the relative busy-ness of local health providers (average number of patients per day per medical provider) and map their locations and busy-ness score, thereby showing which areas of town are most underserved and needing of additional health... more »

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Medicaid/care Doctors App

One problem with using medicare/medicaid is the shortage of doctors who accept patients using those programs. An app that lists doctors and medical providers who take medicare/medicaid/do pro-bono work would help lower-income people find doctors close to them who take their insurance. The app could also map out the closest providers to the user's current location or an address inputted into the app. The app would also... more »

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Social Network for Single, Pregnant Mothers

Start an online forum for single pregnant women to talk about their issues with each other and support one another. This forum would require the women to record their contact info which could be used to reach this underprivileged group on topics such as prenatal care. Research has shown that single mothers are less likely to be able to attend health appointments and would be a key target for assistance. Prenatal care... more »

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Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for Developing Countries

Paper medical records in developing countries risk being lost, and discarded after a few years, and as healthcare providers move on, and practices go in and out of business, records of patient history are lost, so it becomes difficult to track past conditions, alergies, etc. Implementing a digital, perhaps cloud based record system would ensure that patient health history is never lost, and providers can better provide... more »

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Replace paper record keeping with digital

When time and resources are short, efficiencies can help to bridge the gap. Replacing paper processes such as logging visits, diagnoses and much more with digital ones could have a high-impact on the amount of time that doctors, nurses and staff have to dedicate to medical care. This could be the difference between life and death.

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Doctor’s Case Study Application

Doctors around the world can have a common platform were in they can share their clinical case studies. An application were in they can use it to update case studies and maintaining a log where it can be used for future reference. Best Case studies can be shared on open source platform with other doctor’s community around the world. Idea is to capture the different medical cases a doctor works in his career and where... more »

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Online advice from doctor

I there is many people in the world who do not have enough money to go and see doctor, what do she or he can do?

i think it is good ideas if all hospital had one doctor who will be in front of computer and answer a patients questions and give them some advice, and recipe. It should be free and very good for people who do not have enough money to pay as doctors as for their treatment

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