This project aims to develop an electronic tablet, suitable for use in developing contexts, that can be used as a healthcare tool to enable better management of patient information and diagnostics. During the research phase, key stakeholders such as Health ministries and healthcare workers will help to identify the specific requirements for a tablet which has appropriate data collection and visualisation features and is suited for use in rugged and remote locations. This specification will then be brought to technology companies so that they can design and prototype an appropriate tablet.
The prototypes will be piloted with 30 healthcare workers in the three countries (Bangladesh, Tanzania and Zambia), in partnership with the World Health Organisation and Ministries of Health, who capture data and provide healthcare support to around 30,000 low income people. They will trial the tablets’ data capture and diagnostic capabilities in remote locations. After piloting, Arm will gather wider commercial interest and facilitate the scale up of the product. It is estimated that the use of the tablets could benefit significant numbers of low-income people through improved healthcare services (e.g. better diagnostics, more accurate records), as well as potentially serve many other beneficiaries in other development fields such as agriculture and emergency relief work. Arm’s commercial returns on this project will be achieved by the licensing of the intellectual property of the microprocessors used in the new tablet if it is taken to market.
The BPF is supporting this project by providing a combination of technical assistance and a financial grant to the value of £386,600 over twelve months. This grant will contribute to market research into the need for a specific tablet for healthcare workers in developing contexts and, if this requirement is demonstrated, to design and develop prototypes of such a tablet.