Problem & solution
More than 4 billion people do not have access to essential health services. As a consequence, an estimated 15.8 million preventable deaths occur. Approximately half of those deaths are attributable to suboptimal care. Most of these patients do reach a hospital and affordable and effective treatments are available, but come too late due to shortage of staff, training, and equipment.
There is an urgent need to identify, prioritize and manage patients effectively in resource constrained environments. To achieve that we developed the IMPALA system together with our partners from Malawi and Rwanda. The IMPALA system helps clinical health workers to analyze patient data more effectively, detect trends in vital signs, and identify patients at high risk. This enables them to provide better care and manage patients more efficiently, without increasing their workload.
Our goal is to improve access to high quality of care for 100 million people, by enabling and empowering 1 million health workers by 2030.
The IMPALA system
From reactive to proactive care
- Risk missing critical situations
- Late reactive intervention
- Know which patients are more critical
- Proactive care and quick reactive intervention
Actions speak louder than words
What people say
Working as a medical officer in one busy pediatric ward; the IMPALA monitors make my work tremendously easy. I have most of the vital signs for some of the very sick patients readily available from the monitors whenever I come to review patients. The monitors also allow me to check the trends of the vital signs over a certain period of time. This has reduced the amount of time we spend getting vital signs and also has improved the quality of the care we give.
A. Bengo - Malawian Medical Officer
I have noticed a decrease of patients that have choked for unknown reasons in the ward. And now with the monitors we have a lot less patients that bounce back and forth between HDU and the general ward after stopping treatment because the monitors help us with de-escalation of care and monitor patients if they keep doing well after stopping treatment.
J. Chikwana - Pediatrician Zomba central hospital, Malawi
We didn’t have enough monitors in the ward. The coming in of the monitors has really improved in our care for patients. It helps us in fast assessment of children and recognizes early if patients are improving or deteriorating for prompt management.
M. Katuma - Malawian Nursing Officer
Since the advent of the IMPALA monitoring system in our setting, we have had a lot of timely interventions done on children that were deteriorating. The monitoring system is efficient and time saving on this life saving journey!
T.A. Likumbo- Malawian Nursing Officer