Android App Developed by MIT Improves Care Access in Remote Areas

September 28, 2010

Researchers at MIT have developed an open source software system designed to improve care access to underserved patients in remote regions.

This article originally appeared at iMedicalApps.com, part of the HCPLive network.

A team of student and faculty researchers at MIT have developed an open source software system with the goal of improving health care access to patients in remote regions.

The software is called SANA, and runs on the Android platform. The app allows health care workers in remote clinics to send pictures and videos to a database where they can be reviewed by a physician who is then able to provide a preliminary diagnosis via texting.

SANA is different than other collaborative electronic medical sharing efforts because it allows complex medical imaging, such as x-rays and ultrasound images to be uploaded and analyzed.

Since SANA is open source, it can be customized to a specific regions needs and tailored to specific pathologies that need to be studied. Program developers hope this gives health care workers a shared sense of responsibility and promotes a level of sustainability.

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