Spotlight Health

Congratulations to our Spotlight Health award winner and finalists!

Winner: Kopano Mabaso, Scholar, Ona Mtoto Wako

Finalists

Challenge: Spotlight Health

"Shazam for Heartbeats" - Heart Sound Algorithm for Unprecedented Cardiac Care

This idea focuses on improving cardiac health monitoring, examination, and triage both domestically and abroad through advanced machine-learning algorithms. Eko, a San Francisco-based startup with cardiology advisors at UCSF and Stanford, is building an advanced heart sound and murmur decision-support algorithm that will greatly improve point-of-care cardiac monitoring both domestically and abroad. The Algorithm is in ...more »

Submitted by (@jasonbellet)

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End of Life Options – shouldn’t the choice reside with the individual?

If a terminally ill person is facing a dying process that will be filled with uncontainable suffering, shouldn’t that person have control of their own passing?

Submitted by (@danielediaz)

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Asili: Codesigning the Future of the DRC

Asili is a sustainable community-owned startup designed and created through a partnership between the American Refugee Committee and IDEO.org in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was developed based on the needs and desires of the community and offers a three-pronged approach to better health: a clinic, clean water, and an agricultural center.

Submitted by (@jocelynwyatt)

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health in the Emergency Department

Emergency Departments (ED) act as a safety net for vulnerable populations. We developed an interdisciplinary health professional program to train students as patient navigators who assess and address social determinants of health for patients seeking ED care.http://www.studenthotspotters.com/

Submitted by (@roberta.capp)

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Improving Care for 50 Million in Tanzania with Lung Diseases

The shortage of trained pulmonary care providers in Tanzania is especially dire since five of the top ten causes of death in the country – TB, HIV, COPD, cancer and pneumonia involve pulmonary diseases. We want to expand and improve bronchoscopy training for doctors in Tanzania before there is no one left who is adequately trained to perform this procedure.

Submitted by (@mlouis)

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Disease-directed engineering

Despite the significant financial investment we have made, we are still struggling to fully understand and adequately treat the majority of complex diseases. At the moment, the platforms used to investigate a disease are completely separate from those that are then used to develop treatments or treat a disease. Instead, we need simplified technologies that can first gather information about the disease environment, and ...more »

Submitted by (@eanance)

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Improving the Health and Well-being of 1.5 million Smallholder Farmers

Unilever’s supply chain includes 1.5 million smallholder farmers. The idea is to use our agricultural supply chain as a delivery channel to provide access to solutions such as water purifiers, improved cook stoves, solar lights, etc. to improve the health of these farmers and their families

Submitted by (@llphung)

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A new “Craigslist” for Sustainable Connected Communities

Untapped knowledge and skills are going wasted each day, while communities struggle to get back on their feet economically. Using technology, crowdsourcing, an open source platform, and returning “to the basics”, communities can be empowered through education, resources, and collaborative efforts.

Submitted by (@kimdoylewille)

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Open opportunities for Africans with disabilities to access quality health services

5 million disabled people in Uganda are so poorly served by health services as 45 percent die because they are not included in HIV/AIDS and reproductive health programs. A project to train Ugandan health experts on working with the disabled could be a model to improve healthcare across Africa.

Submitted by (@henrynyombi)

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Reducing Unplanned Births

I propose a social marketing campaign to inform and educate the public, especially young adults, about the effectiveness and safety and convenience of long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).

Submitted by (@isawhill)

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Training patient families with health skills to improve outcomes and save lives

Parents in resource constrained environments return home after childbirth in a hospital or clinic with very little or no health information about best practices of infant care. We certify and train new parents with necessary skills to care for their newborns in the hospital and at home.

Submitted by (@edith0)

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Ona Mtoto Wako

The “Ona-Matoto-Lako” (see your baby) project will take lifesaving antenatal care to pregnant women in remote parts of low & middle income countries, where women will be given an opportunity to come “see their baby” through ultrasonagraphy, free of charge using a mobile ultrasonagraphy bus. This “see your baby” visit will be used as an opportunity to tackle the leading causes of maternal & new born deaths by identifying ...more »

Submitted by (@kopanomatlwamabaso)

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