In case you have missed this news, MIT students in May started a project focusing on the use of RFID-enabled bracelet and mobile technology to detect the cases of Pneumonia in the Lyari neighborhood of Karachi. Given the socio-economical condition of the locality and the infant mortality rate; the project targeted infants with pneumonatic symptoms and incorporated the use of smart bracelets to detect any life-threatning conditions.
The working of the project is simple. The pneumonia surveillance basically involves 50 preselected GPs and scores of mother volunteers in the area who are trained on how to use a RFID card/bracelet and handling any emergency situation. The GPs are provided with a mobile interface with the RFID data/codes of the bracelets. When an infant checks in at a local GP, his/her data is detected/updated in the database and the system diagnoses any cases of Pneumonia. In case of a severe infection, the GP calls the ambulance service and the patient is immediately hospitalized. Following are two videos of the project
The project looked promising but it has failed to materialize fully. They initially did plan to expand the project to all localities of Lyari town but were unable to do so. While still in active stage on a micro level, the future of the project still hangs in balance due to shortage of funding and logistical bottlenecks, among other factors.