Save A Child brought together a team of advisors and developers to create a digital application that will help save the lives of children in areas where paediatric expertise is limited. Leo Innovation Lab supported the program by donating technical know-how and expertise in telemedicine.
The Save A Child app works across all modern devices allowing medical staff to communicate in multiple languages with a global network of paediatric specialists ready to assist remotely. Doctors and medics can upload a case, including images and ultrasound and correspond with the first available specialist to receive treatment advice to better diagnose and/or care for the patient.
Data compliance and mitigation of liability concerns are key focus areas and Save A Child has consulted with Legal experts in regard to digital child safety. Part of the legal indemnification process for using the app includes data protection regulation and observation / implementation of procedures as well as safeguarding for vulnerable children.
In March 2020, a Beta launch was conducted and the concept was tested and validated by paediatric specialists and field clinicians in several countries.
"It could not be more timely as the greatest problem we have during the pandemic is trying to move people around."
Michelle Niescierenko MD MPH
Division of Emergency Medicine Director, Global Health Program Boston Children's Hospital
This innovative approach to paediatric medicine will present an opportunity for specialists from the international community to use their expertise to help save the lives of children in areas where resources are limited.
Field clinicians can send an ‘Alert’, upload information and classify the case according to the patient's needs. i.e. traumatic injury, dermatology, neurology, orthopaedics, nephrology etc. Save A Child will then scan the database of Paediatric Specialists, identify the most relevant experts and invite them to assist in the case by sending an alert to their mobile phone, iPad or computer. The specialist can then choose whether to accept the case and spend a few minutes examining the information before communicating directly with the field clinician to advise on diagnosis and/or treatment.
The Save A Child app will be available free of charge to an international network of medical organisations, NGO’s, hospitals, mobile clinics and education groups in order to deliver a cost-effective, high-impact programme for the improvement of child health across the globe.
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