A comprehensive solution tailored to your needs
We developed the IMPALA system, an end-to-end clinical support system for health facilities in low-resource settings. This tablet-based solution combines a simplified electronic patient record and a user-friendly, durable vital signs monitoring device into an integrated system that is fit for this context. IMPALA enables easy collection and visualization of relevant clinical data. Integrated decision support tools assist health workers to monitor and manage their patients better with reduced effort.
What we do
The IMPALA system
The IMPALA system is a sustainable solution that is co-designed with African health workers in-and-for low-resource settings. The intervention improves the quality of care through collection of high quality data and supports healthcare workers in data-driven decision making. Our implementation programs will ensure that the staff of the hospital is trained in critical care to address patient’s needs, use the monitoring systems optimally, and improve usage over time. Read more about our system in our brochure:
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We offer each hospital a tailored implementation of the IMPALA system. This is accomplished by visiting the hospitals for a context and needs assessment to define what is required for a successful implementation. When the systems are delivered to the hospital, we will support installation and provide training to the health workers. We will keep supporting the hospitals with data-driven insights and training to ensure good uptake and optimal usage. Read more about how we work in our brochure:
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- Reduced mortality and morbidity
- Shorter admissions
- Reduced costs of hospitalization
- Better patient proritization and early detection
- Automation of protocols and decision support
- Reduced number of patients reduces workload
- Receive data for hospital management and insights in quality of care
- Reduced admission time and early intervention decreases costs
- Accessible business models
Government & NGO's
- Population level data insights from GOAL 3 platform
- Reduced risk, time and costs for development of supportive tools
- Unlocking the value of data and partnerships
The central patient overview
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
The IMPALA monitor implemented at a peadiatric ward in Malawian hospital
An african baby attached to the IMPALA monitor
Training with attaching the sensors to a patient
The IMPALA monitor implemented at a neonatal ward in a Tanzanian hospital
An African nurse working with the IMPALA monitor
Frequently asked questions
GOAL 3 is a social enterprise named after Sustainable Development GOAL 3 (SDG 3). This is one of the 17 sustainable goals of the United Nations to draw attention to the world’s biggest challenges. SDG 3 focuses specifically on good health and well-being. With subgoal 3.2 aimed at reducing (preventable) child mortality. The social enterprise GOAL 3 is named after SDG 3 as a tribute and a mission statement, advocating and innovating for good health and well-being worldwide. GOAL 3 aims for fair and accessible healthcare for everyone and does so by enabling and empowering health workers at places where it is needed the most.
The IMPALA system is an end-to-end clinical support system for health facilities in low-resource settings. This tablet-based solution combines a simplified electronic patient record and a user-friendly, durable vital signs monitoring device into an integrated system that is fit for this context. IMPALA enables easy collection and visualization of relevant clinical data. Integrated decision support tools assist health workers to monitor and manage their patients better with the same or reduced effort.
Health workers in low resource settings are faced with many challenges. The low staffing numbers, lack of training, and the overburdened environment leads to late detections of critical illnesses, which leads to preventable deaths and complications. The lack of suitable equipment functioning in these low resource settings makes this problem even bigger. The IMPALA system is designed to support health workers in these challenging environments. The system does so by supporting health workers to monitor, prioritize and manage their patients better with the same or reduced effort. The result is better quality of care, efficiency gains through timely interventions and improved resource allocation across the health system.
The IMPALA system is designed in the context of low resource settings by working closely with end-users in a human-centered approach. This resulted in a very intuitive and easy to use system that can be used with limited or no training, really making a difference at the point-of-care. The long battery life, robustness, and durability make the system very suited for harsh environments. By connecting patient monitoring systems to a server and a tablet, the IMPALA system becomes more of a clinical decision support system, offering much more functionalities then current patient monitoring solutions. This connection ensures that patient management, data storage, decision support applications, and even algorithms can be enabled at both a point-of-care as an administrative level. The digital infrastructure and approach in the development of this system makes it easy to connect and integrate applications like EMR systems, telehealth, and decision support.
The IMPALA system is designed to save time and effort for the health workers working in the wards by providing 1) Better patient prioritization, and early detection, 2) facilitating the automation of protocols and decision support, and 3) leading to a reduced number of patients and reduced workload. For a facility, the IMPALA system can save cost & improve quality of care, by 1) using data for hospital management and providing insights in quality of care, 2) leading to reduced admission time and early intervention, which decreases costs. By making the IMPALA system accessible through hybrid business models your facility can start working with the IMPALA system today!
Successful implementation is the key to success. Therefore, this has the highest priority from the earliest stages of development until long after our systems are sold and running. We perform a quickscan assessing the context and needs of a hospital prior to implementation, to ensure a good fit with the product and identify bottlenecks for creating sustainable added value prior to installation and implementation. After this, we will Implement the system through our own local implementation team. Our system will be provided as a complete and integrated system consisting of monitoring hardware, enabling communication tools and tablets, combined with the clinical support software. Due to the easy-to-use design, we reduce the chance of errors in use and work towards a plug-and-play solution. We will provide support at a distance by monitoring of system usage, collection of user feedback and providing tailored support to users of the system to ensure adequate usage and early identification of bottlenecks/challenges that may hamper its use and impact. Service onsite for maintenance and providing an effective supply-chain for spare parts and consumables by creating local service teams. Initially this will be done by GOAL 3 to monitor the needs closely. At a later stage GOAL 3 will collaborate with distributors.
The IMPALA systems are designed, tested, and developed in the Netherlands - Europe in close collaboration with doctors and nurses working across Africa. The monitoring systems are manufactured in China to keep the costs competitive and undergo ISO certified quality management procedures.