Care @ Home
What is Care @ Home (C@H)?
C@H is an enterprise model for delivering healthcare services at an extremely low cost to vulnerable communities at home. C@H bridges the gap between the poor and the healthcare resources that are out of reach for them.
The enterprise model that lies at the core of C@H empowers local women with training and tools. We encourage them to be health workers who are also entrepreneurs running their own mini-enterprises.
Equipped with our portable AI-driven technology platform, the health workers go door-to-door delivering healthcare services. Our platform has the ability to diagnose common ailments and preventable diseases, track the spread of diseases, consult remotely with physicians, and provide treatment plans. C@H is adaptable to any poor community worldwide. Our sustainable and adaptable healthcare model has the potential to impact millions of the world’s most underserved communities.
Lack of resources, unaffordable medical expenses, and distance to healthcare providers deter the poor from seeking help for common ailments and preventable diseases. Medical professionals find treating patients in villages economically unrewarding. At many places, there are no standardized medical protocols for treating common ailments. Add to this the problem of an acute shortage of trained health professionals.
Designed by Sustainable Innovations, Care @ Home is a portable, knowledge-driven, online system loaded with medical protocols for common ailments, preventable diseases, and managed health conditions and connected to simple diagnostic devices like blood pressure meter, oximeter or spirometer for gathering and storing data. Trained, entrepreneurial women from the community equipped with C@H travel door-to-door capturing symptoms, tracking Covid-19, doing triage, relaying the symptoms to remote physicians/health authorities, delivering prescriptions, and educating the patients.
Care can be delivered at an average cost of $1 per visit — a price affordable even for the poorest. The cost saving is the result of an innovative method of delivering diagnostic information and training to health workers.
The coronavirus pandemic has brutally exposed existing inequalities among rural and urban India. The rural healthcare system is not adequate or prepared to contain COVID-19 transmission, because of the shortage of doctors, hospital beds, and equipment. The pandemic creates a special challenge due to the paucity of testing services, weak surveillance system and above all poor medical care. C@H has the potential to greatly reduce the spread of COVID-19 in rural villages, slums and migrant communities. It can educate people, track its spread and issue health alerts to authorities.
where we are
Care @ Home was piloted on an experimental basis in a few villages in Rajasthan and the lessons from this experience have been incorporated into its design. It is now being readied for a Proof-of-Concept roll-out.
How it Works
The first step is to computerize treatment protocols for common ailments and preventable diseases like diarrhea, anemia, worm infestation, boils, asthma, vision impairment, and immunization among others. Region-specific ailments for protocols can be added, if required. This process is done in partnership with identified physicians. The protocols are loaded on a laptop equipped with simple diagnostic devices like oximeter, blood pressure monitor and thermometer for capturing and storing data.