The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in partnership with Physicians Interactive recently launched Health eVillages to assist healthcare professionals practicing medicine in the most challenging clinical environments. This is the first consortium of healthcare and human rights organizations that is providing mobile medical technology to challenging regions worldwide.
According to Kerry Kennedy, Founding Partner and President of the RFK Center, “The program will provide mobile clinical reference and decision support tools to use for medical training, diagnostics, and clinical references. Currently, more than one billion people live in rural, underserved areas with inadequate access to healthcare and nearly one third of countries are experiencing critical shortages of skilled healthcare workers.”
Health eVillages is a consortium of international healthcare advocacy organizations, mobile healthcare solution providers, health information technology companies, communication providers, and public health foundations.
Through in-kind contributions and fundraising, healthcare professionals in disadvantaged areas will function with new and refurbished mobile phones and handheld devices that do not require internet access and are preloaded with clinical decision support reference tools. So far, Healthy eVillages has conducted pilot projects in several regions, including Hati, Kenya, Uganda, and the Greater Gulf Coast.
All of the devices provided include drug guides, medical alerts, journal summaries and references from over 50 medical publisher’s resources powered by Skyscape.com, Inc a subsidiary of Physicians Interactive.
For more information, go to www.HealtheVillages.org.