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Andrew Vild
Andrew Vild | Jul 27, 2017 | in Health Consulting

While robots and computers will probably never completely replace doctors and nurses, machine learning/deep learning and AI are transforming the healthcare industry. This isn't a new concept and it already exists in a few forms, however, it is catered for the Developed World - as are most things.

Machine learning is improving diagnostics, predicting outcomes, and just beginning to scratch the surface of personalized care.


The aim is democratising healthcare by enabling everyone around the world with a mobile phone to access primary health care. When you can't get to your doctor, or simply do not have access to a primary healthcare professional you can get an initial diagnosis. This is a concept that ties into Holistic Villages, an idea I've posted recently (https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/397304).

Through first increasing access to mobile photos, specifically, smart phones, we can break down access barriers to health services and (hopefully) be able to eradicate 50-80% of cases from requiring a doctor.

An existing company that uses this concept and is focused primarily on the Developed World is your.md (https://www.your.md/). It is currently in Beta mode and utilises machine learning to constantly create better results.

This is something I believe the Health Team in Malawi have been working on understanding better as well as the effectiveness of the idea, so I will update and reference that idea link when it has been posted.

The ultimate outcome here is to prevent unnecessary visits to hospitals on already under-resourced hospital systems, to reduce transport costs associated with said visits, and to reduce the time in which results are returned - as the majority of health issues experienced are easy to diagnose. 

In an ideal situation where everyone has their own personal smartphone and thus account, diagnosis will be faster and more accurate than ever - however, shorter term use may involve the use of "operators", those who have adequate English skills and are able to operate a smartphone (something many uneducated villagers cannot do). 

Keep your eyes peeled for more on this front, as I know there are results and ideas yet to come through from the Malawi Health team on this front!

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Ella Grier Jul 27, 2017

So interesting how this ties into to 'defines' that have been established across both Malawi and Cambodia. Malawi health team unanimously agree that a solution in this form is an excellent idea in terms of versatility and adaptability - how it can be manipulated as we continue to discover new insights.
I have a few ideas on how this can be preliminarily tested and rolled out within the Malawi Health System coming soon.

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Gabrielle Weldon Jul 27, 2017

I love this idea and it has been so fun doing some preliminary testing on the YourMD app in the NAYO clinic. Keeping in mind holistic approaches, I'd love to see the PE community develop a suite of health apps that address prevention, diagnosis and treatment that can be used by healthcare professionals and patients alike. I have an idea for what a prevention component could look like, I will post soon.

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Dolly Phiri Jul 27, 2017

This is good, Andrew. The health team has tested out the Your.MD app in local clinics and we found that even the clinicians and doctors found that this is a great initiative. It reduces the high traffic in the hospitals and allows doctors to properly diagnose patients with more serious illnesses. It's also great how cognitive the app is and adapts with more use. This means it has potential for greater accuracy.

However, I think moving forward it would have to be in Chichewa to allow people to use it themselves without a translator and you're right about increasing access to smart phones first. When the Ag and Social Consulting teams come in to empower the individuals increase their incomes so they can afford the technology.

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