Digital health platform for patients, CHWs, and healthcare providers in low-resource settings.
UN Technology Bank for LDCs, GIZ / BMZ, Path, World Diabetes Foundation, Novo Nordisk, and governments of Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and Bhutan
The target problem that Spice is solving is that of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which account for 41 million (two-thirds of) global deaths every year. More than half of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), yet only 1% of health spending goes toward NCD care. While community health workers (CHWs) and digital health tools have been deployed in some areas, the combined effects of such interventions have not been optimized for NCD management. Most tools are not compatible with low internet connectivity and low digital literacy or are designed as simple survey tools that are detached from the health system. As a result, these tools capture point-in-time data rather than the longitudinal view that clinicians within health systems need to dynamically manage the care of NCD patients.
SPICE is Medtronic LABS secure, scalable, flexible digital health platform designed to be used by patients, community health workers, and healthcare providers in low-resource settings to support a new era of data-driven community healthcare delivery.
The simplicity and easy-to-use configuration of the application is designed to overcome barriers of digital literacy among patients and CHWs. At the same time, the offline-first architecture and integration with point-of-care health devices addresses the lack of connectivity in the inherently digitally isolated communities where the need for technology is greatest. Contextually customized workflows allow additional flexibility to further tailor activities for underserved populations.
Medtronic LABS has plans to expand to other countries, specifically: Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Zambia. However, the most immediate focus for scale is on strengthening existing country programs by expanding from partnerships with faith-based and local organizations to partnerships at the government level with Ministries of Health.