A portable digital X-ray camera, artificial intelligence software, a teleradiology network for remote reading of X-rays using flat-pack satellites, 4G and 5G routers, roaming SIM cards, and smart antenna systems are all part of the new technology.
The service aims to combat a variety of infectious and chronic diseases, including tuberculosis, Covid-19, Hepatitis B and C, HIV, cardiovascular disease, STIs, and influenza.
Ride and Treat checks roughly 10,000 vulnerable people in the city each year, including tuberculosis patients (TB). Every year, over 4,000 persons are diagnosed with tuberculosis, emphasizing the need of the mobile treatment program.
The disease isn’t just a problem in one country; it’s a global issue. After getting money from Amazon Web Services in December, Feedback extended its cloud-based tuberculosis initiative in rural India.
“We want technology to be utilized to make healthcare accessible to all,” said Patrick Clark, head of infrastructure services at NHS Digital. “Reliable, high-speed connectivity is critical to make that happen.”
After losing his work and living on the streets, Ousainou Sarr, a search and treatment counselor, was diagnosed with tuberculosis by the agency in 2011. He’s now leveraging his previous experience of homelessness and diagnosis through Ride and Treat to encourage those who are vulnerable to use the service. “People who sleep rough are especially vulnerable to tuberculosis,” Sarr warned. I encourage them to be screened on board the van and explain the benefits to them: the service can use X-rays to screen people, diagnose on the spot, and, most importantly, reach out to people to ensure they receive the care they require.
Ride & Treat’s team of like-minded employees has worked with homeless people before, and they can help create trust and understanding among patients suffering from ailments like poverty and inequality. During the epidemic, the team also supplied homeless people with Covid-19 testing and vaccines.