Deploy a Midwife "Cloud" using Skype
There are many midwifes and doctors with the willingness to help mothers using Telemedicine. Let's make it easy to deploy this resource to save lives and forge global connections.
"It's about a patient who can have face-to-face video chats with her doctor"
American Well Online Care
American Well Remote Care
Mobile Telemedicine for Cervical Cancer Screening
Telemedicine Helps Save A Youngster's Life
Medical Missions for Children
Stanford Doctor demonstrates how he uses Epocrates
-Pres. Barack Hussein Obama II, State of Union Address, January 25, 2011
Let's use Skype to deploy a 24/7 volunteer army of midwifes and doctors. This is similar to the British "Granny Cloud" being deployed by Sugata Mitra to help Indian kids learn English. Frank Brady's non-profit 'Medical Missions for Children' is already doing this for more complex cases while Roy Schoenberg's 'American Well' company provides a commercialized solution. But it's a pity that there's no simple, free and dedicated Skype app to serve the medical needs of the world's poor.
A central exchange for midwifes and doctors to sign up for assignments would be nice. Members could subscribe to be alerted about pending calls or login when they wish to take available calls (they can do this from a smart-phone with Skype). All retired midwifes and doctors should be mobilized to participate.
Most telemedicine rigs are too expensive, complicated and fragile to work in field conditions and present a high entry barrier to those wanting to help. The key to success is KISS which means SKYPE + MOBILE PHONE. Login to Skype (using your midwife ID) and bam! you can immediately connect to pending cases. Community Heath Workers would be the principal clients of this 24/7 Skype hotline. Chat, email and SMS could function as secondary channels.