CARE @ HOME (C@H)
Imagine suffering from anemia, diarrhea, urinary tract infection or any sort of minor injury or ailment and having to face a daunting 8km walk to the nearest healthcare center. And even after that, there’s no guarantee the provider will even be there upon arrival. The financial impact can be devastating for low-income villagers, who often spend 50-60% of their income on out-of-pocket medical costs when there is a health issue. To make matters worse, there is a chronic shortage of both trained medical staff and the lack of standardized treatment protocols for preventable diseases. Sadly, this is the case for 75% of Rajasthan, India's population, which lives in rural areas where people lack access to quality healthcare. But, there is hope!
Our innovative program leverages the power of technology, combined with training local community women in basic healthcare skills and supporting them with remote physicians. The result is life-changing opportunities for self-employment and financial independence, all the while delivering quality, low-cost healthcare services to thousands.
Sustainable Innovations is excited to launch its groundbreaking Care @ Home program in rural Rajasthan, offering basic care to a community of 5,000 low-income villagers at a total budget of $250,000 over the coming year. In the process, we will prepare our e-health platform and enterprise model for national scale, and eventual expansion to the USA, where day laborers face similar challenges accessing care.
By proving our model’s economic viability, affordability, user adoption, and reliability, we will be well positioned to improve the lives of millions throughout the world. Help us provide affordable healthcare to millions!
How it Works
Our model consists of local health enterprises owned by community women delivering care at home in rural communities. The health workers carry our proprietary e-health platform, Care @ Home, loaded on a mobile device such as a laptop. The mobile device is equipped with diagnostic devices to collect health data.
The health entrepreneurs go door-to-door in their local communities visiting sick patients. They talk to the patient in the privacy of their home and log the symptoms onto the device. In the background, the e-platform performs triage iteratively and prompts the health worker to capture additional symptoms. The symptoms and triage results are sent to a remote physician to review. The physician’s treatment plan, prescription or suggestion of a follow-up visit or intervention is conveyed by the health worker to the patient.