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What is the name of the company and/or product?
What distinct problem does this solve for who and how does this create value for them?
Medical teams currently use paper forms to track their patients when bringing aid to developing countries. Local, rural clinics have similar issues where they fill out a form or just do not track their patients’ visits at all. Governments of developing countries are pushing for digital tracking to provide health metrics to determine causes of preventable diseases and death.
We can help both groups to see more patients, save money, validate impact, and provide better care with a portable, rugged, EMR (electronic medical records) that functions in low-resource, remote environments w/o consistent access to the internet.
What was your motivation for starting?
I saw the problem first-hand during a medical mission trip to Peru. The volunteers were exhausted with all of the paper shuffling, and surgeons got little sleep while planning the nights before surgery. Trip and patient outcomes were manually calculated. They needed help!
What is the full launch/release date planned?
We are planning a release in June 2017
Who is on the team?
What is the specific technology or combination of technologies is used?
Who is the customer and what is your revenue model?
BackpackEMR will be a SAS (software as a service) product with an annual fee, used by humanitarian organizations, universities, and rural clinics in developing countries.
What is the size/scope of your market and how will you scale?
No one knows for sure. There is no list of organizations providing these services, however the US spends an estimated $30 Billion in humanitarian aid alone. We plan to first roll out to traveling medical teams, and then scale to the local clinics supported by those organizations.
What is your greatest strength?
Our technology! We are the only EMR product that can truly function offline, can share data w/o the internet, and can upload to a central cloud datastore when connected.
What is your biggest weakness?
Charging humanitarians money for anything is hard. We want to give our product away! But, we need to have self-sustaining funding if we are going to be successful and keep the product up and running.
What is one resource you could use that would take this to the next level?
It’s always funding, isn’t it? New development for primary care, maternal medicine, or other modules will require $ before we can expand our reach for local clinics.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
We are always looking to collaborate, so if you have some great ideas or inspiration on how to help solve this issue, we’d love to talk!