Mobile Cardiologist

What is the injustice we are solving?
The problems that motivated us towards innovating Mobile Cardiologist are as follows. According to World Heart Organization (WHO) worldwide 17.7 million people die annually from Cardio-vascular diseases, 80% from sub-Saharan Africa and this is expected to rise to 23.6 million by 2030.
Furthermore, personal involvement, considering heart failures occurrence in families, has brought us towards this significant challenge.
According to the Uganda Heart Institute (UHI), 40% of the Ugandans, including many children where by 1 of every 4 children is born with a heart defect.
Many have faced issues caused by Cardio-vascular diseases such as heart failure or acute cardiac arrest, high blood pressure and Rheumatic heart fever etc.

Our research shows the four main reasons causing a huge death toll annually. 1) In case of heart failure, first aiders must act through BLS (basic life support) procedures within 6 minutes before the situation becomes irreversible. Often the ambulances take more than 10 minutes to reach the patients in developed countries due to traffic and distance reasons and more than 30 minutes in less developed countries due to the lack of proper infrastructures in rural areas also in mountains isolated city of 1° world countries. 2) Hospitals are out of reach and 80% of all heart failures happen far from hospitals. Since many Ugandans are in rural areas and undeveloped provinces, many do not survive when they receive the cardiac arrest because the hospitals could be150 Km far. This has also lead to the rise in premature burials since many aren’t taken to hospitals for death reports.
Considering the first two points we can understand why the survival percentage in developed countries is 2% and in third world country the survival percentage is less than 1%.
3) Everywhere often continuous monitoring is not performed. Prevention does not exist properly and that is why we cannot detect typical anomalies of the heart electro activities before it is too late for a diagnosis or a heart attack. In fact 91% never had Electro cardio-graph recording before and many people aren’t concerned about having regular health/medical checkups after long working days and some face unavailability of these services in their localities.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) if medicals checkups are made on time and monitored, one’s life can be saved and there is a good chance of recovering from these diseases. 4) Currently there are existing heart monitoring devices usable after a medical surgery like Implantable Cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and pacemaker. Their disadvantageous costs of 30000$ and 19000$ respectivily makes them not affordable for middle and low income people unless if one has private or public insurance. This has lead to the increase in number of unserved cardiovascular affected patients.
- In conclusion there is a worrying problem in common worldwide: with the development of the digital technologies Patients progressively get further from Doctors taking the Web diagnosis as professionals ones.
Our Compassionate Solution
To solve this injustice of
Cardiovascular diseases in second and third world countries
we will address
out of reach hospitals and lack of medical services
by
creating digital online platform to monitor heart patients and providing cheap defibrillators and ECG monitors in a portable size
Our Plan
Our Project Goals
Improve the portability of the defibrillator + ECG sized 10 x 15 x 2.5, near a phone size
Connect patients and doctors with our mobile APP which shares ECG waves
Develop a software who improves the rescue system in case of heart failure
Develop the website platform who guide people on finding the nearest BLS course
Reach rural population
Develop a sleep monitoring system to include in the app
ECG monitoring for Italy
We will increase my / our compassion by...
reaching the part of population that is not served by the National Healthcare system for different reasons. In fact, often people are not included in the Healthcare system because of lack of services (in case of a rural village), economic problems, bad ties with doctors and inaccurate knowledge about health. That's why we effort to listen, converse and support people having these issues. Furthermore, after this step, we will increase our compassion by organising meetings or awareness-campaigns in specific locations in our communities. Surely, our first method is to meet in person the patients in local hospitals; the first great thing is that their eyes look at us finding in us a real solution in order to prevent diseases maybe from his/her sons or next generation. You really can feel the atmosphere made of curiosity, confidence and passion. Few hours of interviews supported by doctors, patients and hospital Staff. We aim to build a society aware of the risks of Cardiovascular diseases, through meetings and BLS courses in our city. Everybody has the right to healthcare and everybody must know that Cardiovascular diseases are the most deadly. We don't need to go far from our community, actually what has built our compassion are the victims of heart failures in families of our friends. Every day we proceed with the compassion journey thanks to the possibility to be part of Emergency Rescuers of my region. Surely Mobile Cardiologist will use innovative Technology to INNOVATE our society towards a better future. Finally, we managed to interview personally people coming from 10 different countries on BLS knowledge in their countries and their government visions and efforts towards the right of Healthcare.
How will you show courage?
We are not going to stop our social innovation in front of the problems. We believe in it and we are ready to convince everybody who has doubt on the potential benefits of Mobile Cardiologist. Courage is when we do not regret a crucial decision for Mobile Cardiologist. We will prove and show that the decision was made for a better development of the idea. Courage for us is talking in front of National Health Care Commission supporting thesis taking our risks and responsibility. It is important because we will make all the possible to build a workable system and prove our thesis when requested. Courage increase when in your community recent heart failures have hit our friends family. We visit heart patients in hospitals in order to avoid what happened to our friends and having the courage to understand their problems and needs. Without taking risks, our project will not succeed in our country challenges.
How will you collaborate with others?
We have a collaboration with Uganda heart institute and USL toscany in order to get reliable information and make collaboration with internal cardiologists. It is very important to have collaboration with government or powerful institutions in order to get advice on the points of focus. Our other element of collaboration is made by the Citizens. We need them to get opinions and views on Mobile Cardiologist. The website and the app will be meet the opinion of the users, before the official release, Finally, we are aiming to get in touch with local humanitarian agencies in order to collaborate in other countries like Uganda or Liberia on a common field of interest like: awareness-campaigns on BLS or Health.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction?
USL toscany gave us the authorization of using their company logo, they believe in us and demonstrated in some conferences that our project will work. Finally, we will know our progress after months of developments getting feedbacks on app usages and various opinions from people with different backgrounds.
Create a list of key steps you will take
Complete the website by May
Publishing Mobile Cardiologist APP
Get subscriptions in our database
Make some patients use our device in order to connect with their doctor
Organise with local humanitarian agencies BLS courses in Kampala city
Spend on research in order to reduce device test and improve app
Building of a sleep monitoring system to integrate in Mobile Cardiologist APP
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Amani A.

May 10, 2018

Dear Omid and Kakooza,

Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below.

Strengths:
I really appreciate that you continue to take the feedback provided into consideration! Thank you! I also appreciate that you sat a specific action plan for your project starting from June until September, and you articulated indicators to measure the success of this project.

Things to Consider:
Please make sure to remember the 3 Cs during the implementation of your project. Also, make sure to share updates about your project on the platform during the upcoming months. It would be great if you could collect lessons learned during the implementation of your project as it will help you to plan for the next phase of your project.

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!
Omid G.

May 03, 2018

Mobile Cardiologist is progressing towards his main aim: fight cardiovascular diseases worldwide. Actually, our project will focus on European Union and Uganda country. Two different continents but a common problem, the key is proceeding with a common view, which makes Vital team find sustainable and accessible solutions despite the region, ethnicity, country and economic status. Soon other updates of our steps!
Amani A.

May 04, 2018

Thanks for sharing this and for your enthusiasm, Omid! I look forward to your next steps of the project!
Amani A.

April 09, 2018

Hi Omid, I reached out to you through email and I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!
Amani A.

March 20, 2018

Hi Omid and Kakooza,

I hope you are doing well. Do you have any updates regarding the international verification process form, please?

I look forward to hearing from you. Please let me know if there is anything that I can help with.
Kakooza H.

March 10, 2018

hello,
Should we both fill in the international verification form or its okay for one team member to fill it.
thanks..
Amani A.

March 12, 2018

Hello Kakooza, it would be great if you could please fill the International Verification Form as well :) Thanks for reaching out to ask about this!
Kakooza H.

March 10, 2018

hello,
Should we both fill in the international verification form or its okay for one team member to fill it.
thanks..
Amani A.

March 07, 2018

Hi Omid, I hope you are doing well. I just replied to your email with more clarification/request :) Please make sure to write me back.

I look forward to hearing from you :)
Amani A.

March 02, 2018

Hi Omid, thanks for sharing all the updates! I received your reply to my email, and I will get back to you early next week.

A quick question, please: are you getting any other fund to help you in the implementation of your project?

Talking to you very soon :)
Omid G.

March 03, 2018

Good morning,
The reply to your question is "No". I am not getting fund from somebody and even I did not get funding in the past. Actually, the estimated price in order to reach everybody is cheap, that means that I have funded my project my own getting the right materials in order to develop. All activities of reasearch and collaborations with others are only in terms of improving project reliability and develop the platform getting advices from Professionals in healthcare field.
Thank you!
Amani A.

March 06, 2018

Thanks for sharing, Omid! I will get in touch with you through email :)
Amani A.

February 27, 2018

Hi Omid, thanks again for sharing your project! Any new updates on your project? I sent you an email :)
I also noticed that you applied for mini-grant, which is really great! However, as a first step, I would encourage you to read about the International Verification Process here: https://www.peacefirst.org/faq , then fill the following form, please: http://bit.ly/2EO4tzb

Please let us know how can we help. Thanks!
Amani A.

February 23, 2018

Hi Omid, any updates on your project, please? Thanks for sharing the video!

It would be great to make sure to complete writing your compassionate insight (To solve this injustice of; what's the injustice/issue you are trying to solve. We will address; what's the root causes of the issue. By; the solution you will create). You can use the compassionate tool here: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-4-compassionate-insight, which will help you in re-writing your compassionate insight.

Please let us know how can we help.
Amani A.

January 29, 2018

Hi Omid and welcome to Peace First Community! Please share with us more about your project; is it an app or what? I look forward to reading more about your project.
Omid G.

February 01, 2018

Good Morning, it is a device with an app support, I am going to update the project information as soon as possible!
Thank you!
Amani A.

February 02, 2018

This is amazing, Omid! It's clear that you got the solution, but I would encourage you to use the peacemaking tools to understand the injustice you are interested in solving by submitting a compassionate insight, and created your plan for taking action: https://www.peacefirst.org/peacemaking-tools Please let us know how can we help.