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mAIDs is a mobile application that uses a SMS and USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Services Data) platform to provide affordable and stable real-time registration, scheduling, notification and data gathering for both health care workers and patients following an Anti-retroviral (ARV) regime.
million infected with HIV/AIDS in South Africa
Up to 40% HIV prevalence rate in Mining industry, TB and Silicosis up to 56%
Costs increase—productivity decreases
ARV intake crucial for the patients , DOTS even much so
Workforce skills re-training very costly
Everyone has a cell phone—must be used proactively
mAIDs is the mobile technology application developed to provide affordable real-time monitoring to ensure regular medicine intake
It ensures compliance to ARV & DOTS and other medication requirements, increases productivity
Rapid deployment time, service and maintenance.
Driven by the recent focus on mHealth by the United Nations and many of its
partners, mAIDs is a solution that has the potential to become the first
scalable and sustainable mobile solution to adherence and monitoring of ARV
distribution in the developing world.
How does it work?
mAIDs uses USSD to allow patients, by dialing configured service codes e.g. *130#, to register themselves on a patient database with only their cellphone number (for privacy) and follow through with their healthcare worker to setup a profile using a menu-based system that requires none or very little typing.
Once registered and assessed by the healthcare worker, the patient is now able to remotely update his/her adherence to the medication regime and also check his/her medication schedule without visiting the clinic or seeing the healthcare worker.
mAIDs is USSD based and therefore is completely accessible to anyone using a GSM handset. It uses a simple menu-based system that requires little or no typing and is familiar to the targeted user base in their own language.
mAIDs provides patients the opportunity to manage their own regime while also allowing practitioners the opportunity to monitor and intervene when the patient fails to comply.
Patients are empowered to check on the legitimacy of the healthcare worker.
Some Mobile Network Operators already have USSD capabilities and may not need to install a USSD gateway.
Integrating mAIDs into current ARV dispensing and monitoring programmes does not require major modifications or specialized equipment to be deployed on the ground by health departments.
mAIDs databases can be easily integrated into existing health information systems and does not require huge investments to modify or upgrade existing systems.