Future Of Health: Handheld Hospital

16 08 2010

Some examples of telemedicine and portable diagnostics for the developing world:


This post is part of a PSFK Consulting project aimed at providing insight into the Future of Health. Handheld Hospital is one trend of fifteen that appears in our exploration of  how technology and access to information play a vital role in the ways that people will understand, manage and receive care whether that’s at home, in hospitals and clinics or in doctor’s offices.”


The need for health systems modeling

5 08 2010

Just stumbled upon this great article on system dynamics modeling for public health, with this quote about why complex health systems must be examined from system-wide perspective:

“The term dynamic complexity has been used to describe such evolving situations.  Dynamically complex problems are often characterized by long delays between causes and effects, and by multiple goals and interests that may in some ways conflict with one another.  In such situations, it is difficult to know how, where, and when to intervene, because most interventions will have unintended consequences and will tend to be resisted or undermined by opposing interests or as a result of limited resources or capacities.”

Well put.

Social Entrepreneur Mondays@Tantric

3 08 2010

TiE Social Entrepreneurs Monthly Meetup

Each month, TiE sponsors a networking event for social entrepreneurs in and around Boston.  Last night I attended the event for August, with the focus “Low Cost Health Solutions for the Developing World”.  The food was delicious and the presentations were fascinating!  Next month, the topic is “Innovative Micro-Finance Solutions.”  You can sign up to RSVP on meetup.com by clicking the link above.

African Studies Give Women Hope in H.I.V. Fight

26 07 2010
NYTimes article detailing the CAPRISA 004 Tenofovir Gel Trial –  the first study of a microbicidal product containing an antiretroviral drug.  The trial showed that the gel, when  used correctly, reduces HIV infections by 39%!

HIV Testing for Children in Resource-Limited Settings: What Are We Waiting For?

26 07 2010

An interesting article detailing the shortcomings of Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) programs in African countries, and why infant and pediatric HIV testing programs are needed to supplement these.  Co-written by Scott Kellerman from the Center for Health Services (Management Sciences for Health) and Shaffiq Essajee from the Clinton Health Access Initiative (Clinton Foundation).


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