Health in Fragile Contexts Challenge

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Rology

Strengthening health care access and resilience in fragile contexts through remote and AI-driven radiological diagnostics.

Team Lead

Amr AboDraiaa

Solution Overview & Team Lead Details

Our Organization

Rology

What is the name of your solution?

Rology

Provide a one-line summary of your solution.

AI-Assisted Rology Teleradiology Platform: Strengthening healthcare access and resilience in fragile contexts through remote diagnostics and AI-driven insights.

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What specific problem are you solving?

We are addressing the problem of limited access to quality healthcare services, specifically diagnostic imaging, in fragile contexts of Kenya and Egypt, where health systems are strained due to conflicts, natural disasters, and weak governance. Globally, over 1.6 billion people are affected by such issues, leading to poor health outcomes, increased disease burden, and inadequate mental health support.

In Kenya and Egypt, radiologist shortages, inadequate infrastructure, and lack of advanced diagnostic equipment exacerbate the problem. Our solution focuses on utilizing the AI-Assisted Rology Teleradiology Platform to bridge this gap, providing remote diagnostic services and enhancing local capacity.

According to the World Health Organization, there is a global shortage of 4.3 million healthcare professionals, with sub-Saharan Africa facing a deficit of 1.8 million workers. This shortage significantly impacts access to diagnostic services such as radiology. In Kenya, there is an estimated 1 radiologist per 1 million people, while in Egypt, the ratio is around 1 radiologist per 100,000 people. These ratios fall far short of the recommended 10-12 radiologists per 100,000 people.

Our solution addresses the factors contributing to this problem by leveraging AI technology and remote expertise to increase the availability of diagnostic services, reduce the burden on local health systems, and improve overall healthcare access in fragile contexts.

What is your solution?

Our solution is the AI-Assisted Rology Teleradiology Platform, a cloud-based platform that combines artificial intelligence with teleradiology to improve access to diagnostic imaging services in fragile contexts. The platform enables remote radiologists from around the world to provide accurate and timely diagnoses, addressing the shortage of radiologists and reducing the burden on local health systems.

The platform works by connecting health facilities in Kenya and Egypt with a global network of radiologists. Medical images, such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs, are securely uploaded to the cloud, where they are processed by AI algorithms to identify potential anomalies and assist in diagnosis. Remote radiologists can then access the images, review the AI-generated insights, and provide their expert interpretation and recommendations.

By using cloud-based technology and AI-driven insights, our platform simplifies the diagnostic process, enhances the accuracy of diagnoses, and reduces the time required for delivering results. This innovative approach ensures that even in fragile contexts, patients receive high-quality diagnostic services, leading to better health outcomes and stronger, more resilient health systems.

Who does your solution serve, and in what ways will the solution impact their lives?

Our solution serves communities in fragile contexts in Kenya and Egypt, specifically those affected by weak governance, conflict, displacement, natural disasters, and systemic inequities. The target population includes underserved individuals such as women and girls, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, older adults, and those living in remote or conflict-affected areas.

These communities are currently underserved due to a shortage of healthcare professionals, particularly radiologists, insufficient infrastructure, and inadequate access to advanced diagnostic equipment. As a result, they often face delayed or incorrect diagnoses, leading to poor health outcomes and increased disease burden.

The AI-Assisted Rology Teleradiology Platform addresses the needs of the target population by:

  1. Expanding access to quality diagnostic services: By connecting local health facilities with a global network of radiologists, our platform ensures timely and accurate diagnoses, even in remote or conflict-affected areas.
  2. Enhancing diagnostic accuracy: The AI component of our platform aids radiologists in identifying potential anomalies, reducing the risk of errors and ensuring better patient outcomes.
  3. Strengthening local capacity: Our platform provides training opportunities for local healthcare professionals and integrates seamlessly into existing workflows, empowering communities to take charge of their healthcare needs.
  4. Promoting equitable access to healthcare: By leveraging technology and remote expertise, our solution helps bridge the gap between urban and rural communities, reducing disparities in access to quality diagnostic services.

Through these efforts, our solution directly and meaningfully improves the lives of the target population by ensuring that they have access to accurate and timely diagnostic services, which are critical for effective treatment and overall well-being.

How are you and your team well-positioned to deliver this solution?

Our team is well-positioned to deliver the AI-Assisted Rology Teleradiology Platform to communities in Kenya and Egypt for several reasons:

Proximity to target communities: Our team members, including the Team Lead, come from diverse backgrounds with deep ties to the target communities in Kenya and Egypt. This proximity allows us to understand the unique challenges and needs of these communities and tailor our solution accordingly.

Cultural competence: Our team is sensitive to the cultural nuances and local contexts of the target population, enabling us to develop and implement our solution in a culturally appropriate manner. This understanding is essential for fostering trust and ensuring the successful adoption of our platform.

Strong local partnerships: We have established strong partnerships with local healthcare organizations, educational institutions, and non-governmental organizations, which are crucial for the successful implementation of our solution. These partners provide invaluable insights into the target communities' needs and help us adapt our platform to address their specific challenges.

Community-driven approach: We prioritize community involvement and engagement at every stage of our solution's development and implementation. We conduct regular community consultations, focus group discussions, and feedback sessions to understand the needs, concerns, and aspirations of the people we serve. This approach ensures that our solution is guided by the communities' input, ideas, and agendas.

Collaborative and iterative design process: Our team is committed to continuous improvement and learning. We regularly assess the impact of our solution on the target communities and adjust our approach based on their feedback and changing needs. This iterative process ensures that our platform remains relevant and effective over time.

Multidisciplinary expertise: Our team comprises experts from various fields, including radiology, artificial intelligence, public health, and social sciences. This diverse skillset allows us to approach the challenge holistically, taking into account the multifaceted nature of health system resilience in fragile contexts.

In summary, our team's deep connection to the target communities, strong local partnerships, community-driven approach, and multidisciplinary expertise make us well-suited to design and deliver the AI-Assisted Rology Teleradiology Platform in Kenya and Egypt. Our commitment to understanding the needs of the communities we serve and engaging them in the development and implementation process ensures that our solution is meaningful, relevant, and effective in addressing their unique challenges.

Which dimension of the Challenge does your solution most closely address?

Increase local capacity and resilience in health systems, including the health workforce, supply chains, and primary care services

In what city, town, or region is your solution team headquartered?

Cairo, Egypt

In what country is your solution team headquartered?

  • Egypt, Arab Rep.
  • Kenya

What is your solution’s stage of development?

Growth: An organization with an established product, service, or business model that is rolled out in one or more communities

How many people does your solution currently serve?

Our AI-Assisted Rology Teleradiology Platform currently serves approximately +500K patients across various health facilities in Egypt, Kenya, and 6 other countries. This number is expected to grow as we expand our services to Kenya and other regions, further enhancing healthcare access and resilience in fragile contexts.

Why are you applying to Solve?

We are applying to Solve for several reasons, as we believe that the MIT Solve community can provide valuable support in overcoming the challenges we face in scaling and implementing our AI-Assisted Rology Teleradiology Platform in fragile contexts:

  1. Financial support: Although our primary goal is not solely to raise funds, financial support from Solve can help us expand our platform to more regions, including Kenya and other areas in need, and invest in critical resources, such as training programs, infrastructure, and technology upgrades.

  2. Technical expertise: Solve's network of experts can offer guidance in further refining and enhancing our AI algorithms, improving platform security, and optimizing the overall performance of our teleradiology platform.

  3. Partnerships and networking: MIT Solve can facilitate connections with relevant stakeholders, including healthcare organizations, technology providers, and international development agencies, which can contribute to the successful implementation and scaling of our platform.

  4. By joining the MIT Solve community, we hope to access the resources, knowledge, and networks necessary to overcome the barriers we face in expanding our solution and making a meaningful impact on the lives of people in fragile contexts. We believe that this collaborative approach will help us successfully address the HEALTH IN FRAGILE CONTEXTS CHALLENGE and improve health system resilience in Kenya, Egypt, and beyond.

In which of the following areas do you most need partners or support?

  • Human Capital (e.g. sourcing talent, board development)
  • Monitoring & Evaluation (e.g. collecting/using data, measuring impact)
  • Public Relations (e.g. branding/marketing strategy, social and global media)
  • Technology (e.g. software or hardware, web development/design)

Who is the Team Lead for your solution?

Amr Abodraiaa

Solution Team

 
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