Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
- Other/not applicable
SummarySANA Mobile's core activity is the development of innovative, low-cost wireless technology and the encouragement local leaders in developing countries to develop local solutions enabled by the SANA platform, an open-source point of care diagnostic platform and customizable medical records system.
An open-source, cellphone-based platform that captures, transmits, and stores complex medical data (e.g. images, videos, physiologic signals such as ECG, EEG and otoacoustic emission responses, etc.) as well as other pertinent demographic and clinical information. The goal is to encourage and guide partners on how to design and implement information systems to improve quality of care, while learning from these partners and establishing best practices in capacity building. Sana’s partners are active participants in the co-creation of health systems design at the highest level.
Key program components
The Sana open-source software platform enables smart phones or tablet devices running Google’s Android operating system to be used to:
Input patient histories (based on best practice algorithms)
Input multimedia information (including pictures and video)
Integrate with point-of-care diagnostic devices (EKG, Pipeline: Ultrasound, Stethoscope and Colorimetric tests)
Integrate this data to any electronic medical record database.
They have customized Sana to work with OpenMRS, the most widely adopted open-source medical record system in developing countries. Sana is a volunteer group of engineers, doctors, social entrepreneurs, public health experts, and students in each of these disciplines, focused on improving the quality of health care in developing countries through leveraging innovations in wireless technology.
Sana is based at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Sana won the 2010 mHealth Alliance award and was a runner up in the 2010 Vodafone Wireless Innovation Prize. As a consequence they have secured more funding. This was complemented by in kind grants from MIT that has allowed SANA to develop and implement projects in India in 2010 with further projects planned for imminent implementation in the Philippines and Brazil.