Portable Health Clinic for Digital Health: Current Practices and Opportunities

Rafiqul Islam Marufa , Ashir Ahmed b , Kimiyo Kikuchi c , Fumihiko Yokota d , Helen Benedict Lasimbang e , Lutfan Lazuardi f , Faiz Shah g , and Naoki Nakashima

aMedical Information Center, Kyushu University Hospital, Japan
bDepartment of Advanced Information Technology, Kyushu University, Japan
cDepartment of Health Science, Kyushu University, Japan
dInstitute for Asian and Oceanian Studies, Kyushu University, Japan
eHospital of University Malaysia Sabah, University Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia
fFaculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
gYunus Center, Asian Institution of Technology, Thailand

Digital Healthcare is very common practice with the development of new cutting-edge technologies. The growing widescale Internet coverage all over the world makes it easy to reach digital healthcare services to the far end. However, there are still a lot of challenges to getting the benefit of this new system in the unreached communities of the developing countries. The concept of Portable Health Clinic (PHC) has been established to overcome that limitation. The absence of infrastructure and shortage of medical human resources are the two major obstacles to ensuring quality healthcare services to the unreached rural communities of the developing countries. The PHC is an affordable, sustainable and usable digital healthcare system for such unreached communities. This system uses a smart application in a combination of various medical sensors in a very efficient way and the rural health workers can easily use it after a short training. The health workers conduct health checkups at the patient’s end and the medical consultancy is provided to the patients in need by a remote doctor using telemedicine. Thus, this system can make the best use of the available resources by combining rural health workers and urban professional doctors. Although the PHC system was initially designed and developed for primary care, gradually this modular system added new modules for non-communicable diseases, pathology, maternal and child health, and eye care. Currently, the PHC team is working on the expansion in the areas of communicable disease, mental health, and post-disaster care. This session has been designed to present the current practices of this system in different countries by our partners and to discuss the future opportunities of this potential system to cover other areas in need.

Panel Discussion

Session Chair:
Professor Vajira H.W. Dissanayake
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Past President, APAMI 2019-2020

Professor Naoki Nakashima
Kyushu University Hospital, Japan
President, APAMI 2021-2022

Dr. Rafiqul Islam Maruf
Kyushu University Hospital, Japan

Dr. Ashir Ahmed
Title: The Basic PHC System and the Standardized Data Policy

Dr. Kimiyo Kikuchi
Title: PHC System for Maternal and Child Health Care in Rural Communities

Dr. Fumihiko Yokota
Title: PHC System for Communicable Diseases to Tackle the Pandemic

Professor Helen Benedict Lasimbang
Title: PHC for Remote Community Care Through Outreach Program

Dr. Lutfan Lazuardi
Title: PHC for Mental Health Care in Rural Communities

Professor Faiz Shah
Title: PHC for Campus based Care Towards GENKI Campus

Naoki Nakashima
Title: PHC for Post-Disaster Care in Disaster-Prone Remote Communities

Session Format

Session Period: 90 minutes

Individual Presentation: 7 minutes / person
Panel Discussion: 30 minutes