Save a Child has brought together a team of advisors and developers to create a digital platform that will help save the lives of children in areas where paediatric expertise is limited.
LEO Innovation Lab have supported the program by donating technical know-how and expertise in telemedicine and in January 2019 a Beta launch was conducted with Vertical Strategy and the concept was tested and validated.
We are developing the App in collaboration with Collegium Telemedicus/HappyPorch and the technical requirements for the app have been specified and the user flow clearly defined. We are planning to conduct a pilot in June 2020 with paediatric specialists and field clinicians from several countries.
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.
“Having access to an emergency paediatric doctor under such circumstances would be amazing. Our tour in Mosul began with a lot of wounded soldiers but a few days into the fighting we started to receive civilian casualties. The kids were the worst and hardest to deal with. I would have given a lot to have had a paediatrician alongside me, or access to specialist advice.”
Combat Medic, Mosul 2017
This innovative approach to paediatric emergency response will present an opportunity for paediatric specialists from the international community to use their expertise to help save the lives of children in areas where resources are limited. We already have a comprehensive team of specialists ready to deliver online consultations completely free of charge, supporting the work of local health services and International Aid Agencies throughout the world.
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.
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