Recognising the urgent need for a solution that can transcend borders and reach remote communities, we have been working with experts in telemedicine to create a digital application that can help save the lives of children in besieged or remote areas across the globe.
The Save A Child app combines paediatric expertise with digital technology, enabling 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 photos and videos 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.
The software has been tested and validated and we are planning to implement the program in three locations within the next few months.
"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.
To create a referral, field clinicians can upload patient information and classify the case according to the patient's needs, i.e. traumatic injury, dermatology, neurology, orthopaedics, nephrology etc. Save A Child is notified and then scans the database of Paediatric Specialists, identify the most relevant experts and invite them to assist in the case by sending a notification 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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