[Health] McMaster Global Health and OLPC
makamizz at gmail.com
Mon Jan 10 18:34:47 EST 2011
Thanks so much for that Nicholas!
I'm particularly interested in the clinic examples that you used are there
any other clinical uses for the XO other than Frontline? I have used
Frontline before and it is quite amazing. Is there an Electronic Medical
Records system that can be used for the XO?
Are there any HIV/AIDS health education/literacy projects out there for OLPC
as well that I could look upon?
In addition, are there any add-on diagnostic tools (such as an EKG?) for USB
to the XO?
BHSc III, Global Health Specialization
Keewaytinook Okimakanak / K-NET Services
From: Nicholas Doiron <ndoiron at mapmeld.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:20:18 -0500
To: Michael Mak <makamizz at gmail.com>, <health at lists.laptop.org>
Subject: Re: [Health] McMaster Global Health and OLPC
Hi Michael! Here's my input on these questions:
* Why the XO should be purchased (for ex. Education, health, etc)
The XO laptops were designed for classrooms in demanding parts of the world.
They are tough, power-efficient, and readable in direct sunlight. The
solid-state drive and lack of vents help it survive drops, dusty conditions,
and humidity which would cut short the lifespans of most other computers.
Software applications for the XO laptop are free and open source. If a
school or clinic later receives technology such as Intel Classmate or
recycled Windows and Linux computers, the same applications can be run on
those computers using Sugar on a Stick.
* How the XO can be used in a clinical/health care setting (very important!)
in a remote/rural environment
An XO can run Frontline SMS, so it can probably run FrontlineSMS Medic, too.
Clinics with proper training and well-designed software can save time and
become make more accurate reports to public health offices with computers
replacing paperwork. Are there programs for the XO which would let workers
collect information quickly and easily? What information do the public
health offices expect of clinics?
An XO 1.5 can do video chat. Does the location have a suitable internet
Once enough clinics have XOs, you could use their health information network
to measure more significant health trends / biosurveillance, which has
proven useful in India and Sri Lanka. In your report, compare prices of
full-keyboard mobile phones and data plans to an internet-connected XO. An
SMS can store only basic
* Support for the XO laptop and training (training for the students which I
can help with) and technical support
Support and training are common problems. Most primary schools in the US
and Canada would balk at the cost of Linux support -- now you are asking for
support of a niche version of Linux in remote locations. ilovemyxo sells
parts, repair centers exist in some parts of the world, and questions to
help at laptop.org are answered by volunteers.
On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 8:27 AM, Michael Mak <makamizz at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> My name is Michael Mak and I am a third year BHSc student, Global Health
> Specialization at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
> There is a growing interest from McMaster BHSc, Global Health Specialization
> in purchasing XO laptops to use and distribute for different NGOs that student
> join from the specialization. With more attention driven to OLPC after my
> trip to Canada's North and another student's Masters thesis on OLPC in Ghana,
> my facilitator would like me to write a proposal to my assistant dean to spend
> the necessary $25 000 to purchase 100 laptops for next year's cohort. Because
> that is quite a sum, I would love any help I can get in providing a convincing
> argument on the importance of getting the XOs in global health and
> development. The health component and how the XO can be used for health
> practices (such as education, or even for diagnostic and/or electronic medical
> records) is an extremely vital one, especially since we are a health science
> Here are some points that I will need help and more information on:
> * Why the XO should be purchased (for ex. Education, health, etc)
> * How the XO can be used in a clinical/health care setting (very important!)
> in a remote/rural environment
> * Support for the XO laptop and training (training for the students which I
> can help with) and technical support
> * Hopefully a long-term partnership with OLPC
> Thanks so much everyone, I look forward to hearing your responses on the
> Michael Mak
> BHSc III, Global Health Specialization
> Keewaytinook Okimakanak / K-NET Services
> OLPC Intern
> Health mailing list
> Health at lists.laptop.org
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