Innovation in digital technologies is transforming entire industries in the developed world.
IPRD Solutions believes that such innovations can also transform the way that healthcare is delivered in the developing world, resulting in greater impact at lower cost.
We develop and adapt high-impact digital
health technologies for sustained social good.
IPRD Solutions has built an extensive network of leading healthcare professionals in the research, commercial and public health communities to help us identify and build innovative digital healthcare technologies that have a high potential for impact on global health.
Our Team works closely with both patients and healthcare workers in both the public and private sectors to innovate disruptive solutions now enabled by the mass commoditization of powerful digital hardware and software capabilities.
We strive to understand the unique challenges of building solutions that serve patients at scale.
We have built innovation centers located strategically close to users, enabling the development of highly-localized solutions, rapid problem solving, and direct feedback, while at the same time leveraging core technological capabilities we are developing that are designed for scalable deployment anywhere.
We are headquartered in New York. Our innovation centers are located in Bangalore and Johannesburg with projects distributed across all 3 locations.
A platform approach to digital health solutions enables a high degree of configurability without the need to redevelop core functional modules. A single platform can support diverse health verticals, such as maternal health, HIV, family planning, and malaria, while sharing common information such as identity or family survey information. This enables digital health solutions to scale while maintaining quality of care and reducing cost.
IPRD is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and a global software platform company to build tools and standards to allow Government-sponsored or donor-sponsored system integrators to choose platforms interchangeably based on particular needs and preferences in a local geography. For example, such tools will allow providers to ingest the latest WHO guidelines in a machine-readable format, and to share data between platforms using rapidly-emerging FHIR protocols, and will drive different platform solutions to consistency of performance and interchangeability.
IPRD’s team has over 15 years of experience innovating capabilities and delivering solutions to large scale stakeholders including the US government.
The delivery of impact in public health systems at scale includes four key elements.
First, providing government or global aid organization workers the digital capabilities they need to achieve their mission enables a scalable and sustainable solution beyond a pilot intervention.
Second, delivered capabilities should not only support the target user, but all upstream stakeholders in the ecosystem. In a healthcare context, we look at the patient, but make sure capabilities and incentives are also aligned to support all healthcare workers and support staff since this drives adoption and sustained usage.
Third, solutions should be delivered with relative speed, following a change management plan developed in coordination with Government. This momentum facilitates the adoption and sustained use of a disruptive capability.
Finally, the development of success metrics and digital measurement tools early on in the delivery process enables refinement, continued improvement and ensures relevance of the solution to the original target goals.
The ability to track a patient between points of care has long been a goal in the context of global healthcare, particularly in under-developed countries where care is fragmented and migration is commonplace. Patient tracking allows patients to be recognized, and receive personalized, data-driven treatment wherever they seek care.
The first step towards effective treatment is to empower an individual with the knowledge that they have a disease or condition. This is particularly important for chronic diseases like HIV and TB, as well as for maternal and fetal health. We leverage the rapidly-growing availability of mobile phones in under-developed regions to assess patients for a variety of conditions based on machine-guided risk assessment that includes dynamic context evaluation to accommodate for local and seasonal factors. IPRD’s solutions assess individuals across large populations at low-cost and with immediate feedback, alerting healthcare workers or patients to take the first step to care or support.
Objective measures such as heart rate or a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) result can dramatically aid assessment or diagnosis. However, obtaining such measures may require specialized equipment and training, and the results are often lost to paper records. Moreover, they are not particularly useful for real-time surveillance - monitoring for outbreaks, and effectively allocating aid.
We deliver simple mobile phone-based tools to obtain objective measures without the need for special training and minimizing or eliminating the need for equipment. We are defining and using FHIR-based standards which provides a template for medical device manufacturers or software developers to also provide their own objective measures, and also makes it possible to access data in real time, enabling surveillance and record storage even in the most remote environments.
A vision of many global health leaders is to enable critical, high-value data-centric services, such as identity management, machine-guided-diagnosis, and secure health record storage, for underserved communities in GAVI countries. It is simultaneously critical to enable providers of technologies or services in such countries to exchange and build upon each other’s data. The vision can be realized by empowering local integrators to develop healthcare solutions at scale, by selecting and combining existing software and hardware modules without the need or capability to to develop the modules themselves. We believe the explosive adoption of digital networks, mobile phone and computing technologies, has put this vision within reach, even in the most underserved countries.