Clinicians in Rio de Janeiro are changing where health happens with the use of an innovative new backpack.

CASE STUDY: Rio's portable e-health backpacks

Rio de Janeiro’s slum settlements are home to more than 1.4 million people. The terrain is mountainous and getting to the few and far between health services difficult, especially for the sick and elderly. Treatment is usually avoided until hospitalisation is required. Massive inequalities in healthcare access result.

To tackle this, a new innovation brings health care to the home. It comes in the form of an e-health backpack which clinicians take with them on visits to patients. The backpack includes diagnostic tools that can detect up to twenty different diseases and chronic conditions. It also records patient data. Instead of days or weeks of waiting for results, diagnosis can be made within minutes.

The backpack has been credited in preventing strokes and heart failure in hundreds of patients, saving lives as well as thousands of dollars in avoided hospital bills.

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