Fondation Pierre Fabre

Enabling distributed radiology for better healthcare

Main beneficiary countries:
Philippines - Bangladesh - India - Thailand - Indonesia - Vietnam - Nigeria

About the sponsor

Lifetrack Medical Systems Inc.

Lifetrack Medical Systems is a Singapore and Philippine-based health-tech company that’s developed and deployed the first scalable, distributed medical imaging software designed for affordable access in emerging markets. Their LifeSys™ platform is used by large healthcare chains, public health systems, and radiology group practices to scale their radiology operations seamlessly, without the pain or cost of legacy medical imaging software. LifeSys™ is now serving hundreds of thousands of patients annually across Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Their mission is to build simple, elegant, powerful, and intuitive software platforms for the entire healthcare ecosystem, starting in medical imaging in emerging markets, where the needs are greatest and the resources are scarcest. They are trusted and backed by the Asia Impact Investment Fund of the UOB Group and Credit Suisse, the corporate VC arm of Philips Healthcare, and Kickstart Ventures of the Philippines’ Ayala Group.

Sector: Industrial: Startups, enterprises, etc.

Country of origin: Philippines

The organisation has:

40
Full-Time Equivalents
12
Employees
0
Volunteer
0
Service provider

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Primary healthcare
  • Emergency services
  • Radiology

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • International (in several countries)

Initiative start date

  • 05/01/2016

Financing

Financing method

  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)

Economic model(s)

  • Revenue generated by the beneficiaries/healthcare facilities

About the initiative

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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.

Field report of the initiative

Fields of application:

Health professional training - Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations)

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)

Initiative objectives

  • Improved treatment

Key figures

1430000 Number of beneficiaries since launch

Materials used

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Internet
  • Cloud

Offline use

Yes

Open Source

No

Open Data

No

Independent evaluation

No

Partners

Collaborators

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