The Dr. Maombi Project
Using technology to widen healthcare access in developing countries
We are a group of doctors, technologists, designers, and business-minded people working together to improve healthcare access in developing countries by use of mobile technologies.
Dr. Maombi is a mobile app that enables health workers in rural Tanzania to seek input from doctors in city hospitals about the patients in their village.
We are currently seeking funding to deploy a pilot test of our beta app in Tanzania. Get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.
More details can be found on this 1-page summary of the Dr. Maombi Project.
Providing access to adequate health care services for socio-economically burdened patients is a great challenge worldwide, particularly in rural areas of developing countries where infrastructure is poor and where the density of medical doctors is very low. Innovation in Telemedicine has great potential to employ widespread use of smartphone devices and improving network coverage to connect health care practitioners in remote areas with medical doctors in big cities. Our goal is to bring together dedicated engineers, IT-developers, medical doctors, business experts, development cooperation strategists and local stakeholders to create realistic solutions that may quickly and efficiently contribute to better health care for patients in rural parts.
With a solid team and mobile telemedicine technologies, we aim to improve healthcare access in areas with poor infrastructure. Our team consists of 7 individuals from diverse backgrounds spanning medicine, technology, business and marketing. We are partnering with local stakeholders and organizations to test, implement, and deploy our mobile solution.
Dr. Maombi is a mobile application that connects patients in rural areas to doctors in city hospitals. In each rural village there is often one clinical officer, though these officers are not doctors. The mobile application is used by these clinical officers as opposed to by the patients themselves. The clinical officers create a case in the mobile app based upon their preliminary assessment of the patient. The case is then sent to a doctor who then reviews the case and gives advice on the diagnosis, proposes therapy and patient management solutions, and suggests whether or not the patient should be referred to a hospital. The clinical authority and responsibility for the patient remains with the local health care provider. Due to weak infrastructure in countries such as Tanzania, many inhabitants of rural areas do not seek medical attention for easily curable diseases until it is too late due to time and expenses required to make long journeys to the nearest hospital. Clinical officers are often not sufficiently informed to treat more complex health problems.