HP is collaborating with leading organizations worldwide to fundamentally strengthen healthcare systems, revolutionizing how care is delivered and dramatically improving quality.
Counterfeit drugs have been linked to more than 700,000 deaths worldwide annually. We can bring that number down by giving people access to information about their medicine. HP and social enterprise mPedigree partner to offer a drug authentication service free of charge to consumers. The service uses scratch-off labels that reveal a code, which the consumer simply SMS/text free of charge and then receives a response letting them know whether their medicine is authentic. The service is currently available in Nigeria and Ghana and rolling out across Africa throughout 2011.
There are more than 5 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide—with nearly two-thirds in developing countries. That represents a huge opportunity to revolutionize how health information is delivered, accessed, and used. HP has joined other leading organizations as a founding partner of the mHealth Alliance to bring together governments, NGOs, and the private sector to promote interoperable mobile health solutions. We’re working on programs such as Health UnBound (HUB), an online community for information sharing and collaboration, and the Maternal mHealth Initiative, which is developing solutions to reduce deaths of infants and new mothers.
In sub-Saharan Africa, many pregnant women with HIV/AIDS live in remote areas without access to medical services. mothers2mothers (m2m) is working across nine countries to change that by bringing medicines, counseling, and education to these women in need. HP has stepped in to help, working with m2m to move patient records into an online system, making it possible to track and share vital information across its clinical network. By digitizing records that are now paper based, m2m helps its caregivers access the latest information and make better decisions, improving patient health as a result.
Partners in Health
With populations on the rise, the shortage of doctors in developing countries is a major public health challenge. In Haiti, HP is assisting Partners in Health (PiH) on a state-of-the-art teaching hospital that takes full advantage of technology. The 320-bed hospital will be a benchmark for primary care in emerging markets and will also utilize strong partnerships with leading medical universities to provide remote diagnostics and care as well as virtual teaching through the latest technology solutions.
Global Health Corps
Global Health Corps (GHC) is mobilizing the future leaders and innovators in global health with help from HP. GHC recruits, trains, and supports young people dedicated to improving access to healthcare, particularly in developing regions. In addition to providing financial support, HP has created an advisory team of employees who are contributing their expertise and exploring ways for GHC to take greater advantage of technology to meet its goals.
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) has proven that electronic medical records (EMR) help save lives. It’s the first healthcare center to statistically link lower mortality rates to the use of computerized systems for entering and tracking patient information in real time. Partnering with HP, LPCH developed an interactive digital dashboard that puts patient data at caregivers’ fingertips. Now, they can make better decisions faster and reduce errors. By empirically demonstrating better health outcomes, LPCH may accelerate the health sector’s transformation to electronic records.
The Ila Trust
Migrant workers in Delhi have a higher risk for sickness and disease, but most can’t afford healthcare. The Ila Trust offers a lifeline through mobile clinics that deliver free medical care, tests, and health education to more than 100,000 patients annually. HP worked with the Ila Trust to set up its electronic medical records system, enabling doctors to enter and access patient information in the field, track patients’ progress, and monitor health trends. The initiative’s success offers a model for delivering health services to other at-risk populations.
Community Renewal International
HP has partnered with Community Renewal International (CRI), an organization that works to restore the foundation of safe and caring communities by rebuilding the system of caring relationships. In neighborhoods where CRI has had a presence, crime dropped by an average of nearly 20 percent. HP's support will help expand the CRI model, equip CRI learning labs and training and information-sharing centers, provide volunteer assistance, develop an evaluation program, and provide access to healthcare programs in underserved communities.