Rolling out Curis 2.0
With a determination to improve service implementation and reach the farthest, most-disconnected rural areas, Allied World Healthcare is proud to announce the launch of offline-first, Android Curis!
After one of the biggest and most challenging tasks Allied World Healthcare (AWH) has taken on to date, the expansive patient support platform is being implemented throughout South East Asia, giving communities and patients support – as well as primary health clinics a portal to coordinate their services and view critical data insights.
After several real-world trials in rural and urban areas, AWH has worked intensely to improve Curis. Its first version was an online platform built with National University of Singapore and other leading technology organisations. However, since AWH is determined to deliver healthcare, everywhere, the organisation decided to transform Curis into an offline-first Android application given the very-low to no-connectivity-at-all in the areas that need most healthcare access support.
Curis 2.0 can now run with or without internet connectivity , and can function in low-spec, low-cost Android devices – maximising the reach and equity of access, whilst keeping operational costs low. This has been a major breakthrough in the organisation’s service delivery model as the greatest challenge of delivering digital health in rural, disconnected, but most-in-need communities has been overcome; allowing digital health support to reach further than ever before.
AWH also improved the features of Curis 2.0 to include more information related to healthcare services such as: health information, education articles, appointment booking, event management, peer-to-peer syncing and data sharing, and real-time data aggregation (with insights and reporting dashboards for a range of healthcare leaders). The future Curis roadmap includes chat, a marketplace of partner products and services, and much more!
Jim Poole, CTO of AWH, said: “Building systems in the modern world is getting easier, but this relies on expensive devices and strong internet for much of the time. Engineering for lower-income, underserved and offline communities presents a huge array of challenges. I am incredibly proud of our development team for delivering this complex project using a range of bleeding-edge technology to really try and tackle healthcare inequality”
And since Curis was launched in the Philippines, AWH ensured that it is fully compliant with the Data Privacy Act of 2012, and is registered in the National Privacy Commission. All data stored in Curis is fully encrypted, and well-managed by the organisation’s Infrastructure and Security team.
It is available in three languages (English, Hiligaynon and Khmer), with more languages planned in 2019.
Access to health services remains a key problem in rural areas and lower and middle-income countries (LMICs), where skilled health workers and digital health options are often in short supply. Focusing on the “three Cs” of health delivery — community-led, connectivity and collaborations — can help to build more flexible health systems for hard-to-reach populations.
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