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Parkers Mobile Clinic

Parkers mobile clinic will do routine visits at the home of individuals with risk of recurrent fractures from osteoporosis.

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What challenges or opportunities are you trying to address within the problem? (200 characters or less)

I am trying to solve the problem of poor accessibility to basic healthcare services and emergency health services among elderly people with osteoporosis, and Elderly people at risk of Osteoporosis.

Over 80% of osteoporosis affected patients in my state don't have good access to basic care for their condition.This is due to the fact over 90% of elderly people in Nigeria don't have cars or good transportation system which will convey them to hospital on time in case of medical emergencies or need to visit hospital.

My idea involve using movable clinics to deliver healthcare services at the homes of elderly people with osteoporosis.The healthcare services will include nursing care, physiotherapy, health counseling, health education and training. The mobile Clinic will be equipped with basic medical service facilities such as handy ultrasound scan and X-ray machines, hospital beds, Resuscitation devices etc.There will be a nurse and a Doctor attached to the clinic. We will have an emergency toll free number which patients call when they need our services

We will also remotely monitor the health and orthopedic profile of the patients.We will do this using a satellite system which will be connected to a sensor that the patient will wear.

Who is your target end user and why will they be interested? (650 characters or less)

Our Target end users are Elderly people with osteoporosis, Elderly people at risk of osteoporosis and the caregivers/relatives of these groups. Most relatives of elderly people with osteoporosis pass through a lot of stress in caring for them, some have to travel hundreds of miles on a weekly basis just to check up in them. Parkers mobile provides a perfect solution to this problem.Our product will make their journey light and flexible. Elderly people with osteoporosis will be highly interested in my mobile clinic because it will improve the way they access healthcare services and provide easily available healthcare services at their doorstep.My mobile clinic will also assist them at every stage of their post-fracture journey and experience.

How is your idea scaleable? (650 characters or less)

My idea is easily scaleable because it involve using an everyday human resource ie Doctors ,nurses and also using facilities which are already in usage in hospitals. My idea will scale through social media marketing and through community sensitization campaigns. We will also do door-door visits for the elderly people in their homes. We will scale and sustain our project by establishing a micro-health insurance scheme where patients will pay just 15 USD monthly in order to unlimitedly access our services.This fund will enable us to sustain the mobile clinic. I will additionally scale my idea through sourcing for funds from philanthropists,NGOs and through establishing partnerships with hospitals and other health organizations.

What do/will you measure to know if your solution worked? (500 characters or less)

* Reduction in fracture rate * Improved quality of life among my patients * Early recovery in fracture cases

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

If you were to become a Top Idea, would you want to actively participate in piloting your idea?

  • I want my idea piloted, and I prefer to do my own piloting in collaboration with the health system and with assistance from the Challenge partner

Website (if applicable)

https://www.linkedin.com/in/charles-umeh-ba53a012a Https://www.facebook.com/parkershealth https://m.vconnect.com/parkers-occupational-health-and-safety-firm-idemili_north-anambra_b1404648

Tell us about yourself or your team (500 characters or less)

I am a medical doctor, enterpreneur and home based health expert .I run a home based healthcare services network where I deliver healthcare services at the door step of people.I am also a caregiving family member.

Location (50 characters)

Onitsha, Nigeria

What is your legal / organizational structure?

  • We are a registered NGO or Non-Profit Organization

Innovator/Organizational Characteristics

  • Disabled Persons organization (DPO)
  • Youth-led organization
  • Locally/community-led organization

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO social media

Why are you participating in this Challenge?

I want to join this challenge because I am passionate about geriatric care.This challenge will give me the opportunity to partner with top healthcare organizations which will enable me to achieve my dream to delivering quality healthcare services to victims of osteoporosis.

How does your idea help more people who have had a first fracture either 1) discover they have osteoporosis or 2) access/navigate care?

My project will help people who have had a first fracture discover that they have osteoporosis through early in-house diagnosis using a flexible and handy DEXA SCAN. My project will provide a platform for easy accessibility to healthcare services through the following means: Providing daily healthcare information to users,Weekly home visit for Medical check up, Follow up on osteoporosis medication intake,In-house physiotherapy,providing an emergency helpline which users can call in case of emergency,Providing timely ambulance services and first aid services in cases of medical emergency and fall,rehabilitative services and assistance in re-establishing routine.

How is your idea new in the world or how does it build on existing interventions?

My idea is relatively new in the world and also build on existing interventions. It is new because it involve delivering healthcare services at the comfort of people's homes(not just people with osteoporosis).Based on the research i conducted, i noticed that parkers mobile clinic is a solution which many people in my community have long been seeking for. My idea also build on existing Interventions such as home based healthcare services and use of sensors to monitor health state.

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Who did you test your idea with, what did you learn, and how did you evolve your concept?

I tested this idea with my old school teacher who was diagnosed of osteoporosis 6 years ago.She has had fracture 2 times in the last 3 years so I felt she will really be in need of the mobile clinic. The mobile clinic, accompanied by a nurse and Sometimes a Doctor and physiotherapist, was visiting her on a weekly basis to do routine check up on her health condition and also counsel her on weight bearing exercises.We were also sending weekly health and fitness text messages to her through her mobile phone.We did a medical record of her data using an excel spreadsheet which we improvised as an electronic medical record system. We improvised a wearable sensor, using a small bluetooth device fixed on her right forearm which was connected to my mobile device. During the time she needed physiotherapy and lab tests, we sent a physiotherapist and a medical lab scientist to render those services to her. She had a minor fall in the course of the pilot project and we took her to the hospital where she was confirmed not to have sustained any fracture. We were also able to get feedback from her and her caregiver regarding the experience they had using the mobile clinic. From the feedback we got, we learnt that the mobile clinic will function better if the patients also have access to other healthcare services aside caring for their osteoporosis condition. I also did product testing and validation by sharing questionnaire to a group of 50 osteoporosis patients and getting feedback

(Optional) Share documentation of your solution prototyping and testing, such as photos.

I improvised the mobile clinic using my Honda Element 2005 model car which I equipped with medical instruments,drugs, medical devices and first aid boxes.The chair in the car served as the hospital bed. The mobile clinic, accompanied by a nurse and Sometimes a Doctor and physiotherapist, was visiting our selected client on a weekly basis to do routine check up on her health condition and also counsel her on weight bearing exercises.We were also sending weekly health text messages to her.

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Congratulations, Charles, on being selected in the Top Ten ideas for the Healthy Bones Challenge! Your Mobile Clinic idea brings healthcare to where it's needed for many people - right to their doorstep. So important when people are sick and challenged to be mobile themselves, giving hope and education to impact lives. Best wishes in its future development! Susan

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