MediNet Healthcare Management System
Country of Operation
- University of the West IndiesNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryMicrosoft Research has provided a grant to professors at the University of the West Indies to create a mobile phone-based healthcare management system, to be deployed first in Trinidad and Tobago, followed by a broader regional rollout.
The long-term goal is to build a network that integrates medical resources and promotes the sharing of medical information and expertise.
Key program components
The Caribbean is a region with very poor healthcare facilities, but a comparatively strong cellular phone infrastructure. The healthcare management system, ‘MediNet,’ will target diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The system is designed to relay information from patient monitoring devices to a central server via a cellular network. At the server, a data reasoning engine extracts all relevant information and alerts medical officers about severe cases. It also recommends appropriate responses such as a follow-up visit or phone call. The system can also send suggestions directly to patients via SMS message or pre-recorded voicemail.