Enabling distributed radiology for better healthcare
Project start date : 01/05/2016
Beneficiary country : Philippines (the) Bangladesh India Thailand Indonesia Viet Nam Nigeria
About the project
In light of these challenges, Lifetrack introduces Lifesys™ RIS/PACS, featuring patented RadNav™ technology — tech that’s designed to make a sustainable social impact in the places that need radiologists most. It expands radiologists’ reach, without them ever leaving their clinics or cities. With RadNav™ technology, featuring integrated decision support and active templates, radiologists are trained as they work. Training/coaching and quality control are built into the system in a way that is intuitive and easy to use. t’s a tool for medical efficiency and accuracy. It’s a platform for capacity building.
Many LMICs still lag behind developed countries in key health indicators – notably, two thirds of the world do not have access to diagnostic imaging. The lack in medical imaging is exacerbated by the widespread inequality in developing nations. Lifetrack aims to address the shortfall in affordable, accessible diagnostic imaging driven by rising demand in high-growth emerging markets. The shortfall is driven by 3 key issues:
Emerging markets have a shortage of trained radiologists. Countries in SE Asia have only 0.8-1 radiologists per hundred thousand people, 10x less radiologists compared to advanced markets like the US.
Traditional radiology software is engineered for price points and technology infrastructure in advanced markets. For emerging markets, the cost hurdle is very high due to their bandwidth and hardware requirements.
Radiologists tend to cluster in major cities at large hospitals, meaning many patients are challenged by cost and location to access vital diagnosis for urgent cases such as strokes or treatable illnesses such as tuberculosis.
Lifetrack addresses these challenges through a distributed radiology model that supports diagnostic healthcare in emerging markets at a fraction of the cost. Their architecture provides rapid access of diagnostic images in remote areas, using consumer DSL or even 4G. Lifetrack also enables affordable adoption in emerging market environments, offering up to 10x savings in upfront setup costs. Access to affordable medical imaging becomes key in improving overall health outcomes for populations in the developing world, leading to earlier screening of cancer, less invasive procedures later on, and savings for the healthcare system as well as longer, healthier lives for people while also rebalancing inequalities.
40 Full-Time equivalents
N/C Service providers
1 430 000
Number of beneficiaries since launch