Co-authors: Laurel Paul, Khanjan Mehta – Penn State University (HESE program)

  • Community Health Workers (CHW) are part of the sustainable solutions
  • Low cost devices are provided to CHW for diabetes detectiion
  • Goal of the project is to find the more effective approach for Knowledge Transfer and Exchange (KTE)
  • General challenges
    • Language barrier
    • Information overload
    • Mistrust
  • Oral communication based in developing world

Technical challenges
1) infrastructure & resource limitations

  • not constant power source all the time
  • no Wifi

2) security

  • not open to have record put on the computer

3) lack of expertise
4) start up cost

  • all monthly wages on a smart phone not feasible

5) equipment reliability and theft

  •  implemented project on the ground in Kenya
  • team of 4 students project: KTE in low resource settings

1) oral script to train locals

– mimics time spent between CHW with a household ~5 min hypertension risk factors basic

– provided paper visuals

2) ask followed up questions to patients after an hour

– Most of them cannot remember about numerical info but other health info

  • Try to see the most effective way to train them
    – need a trust relationship so train the local translator – mimics the CHW not the actual






As we try to become a more sustainable conference, you won’t find any bottled water or soda cans here. Besides the usual fare (coffee, iced tea, water (dispenser, filtered)), today we have Horchata non-dairy rice drink and watermelon juice

The Conference Thus Far

Here is Catherine Nelson, IEEE GHTC 2014 Chair, speaking about the amazing program on Day 2 including a very young speaker.  How young?  Find out below…

Who You Gonna Call?



The Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC)!  The MOEC is a full interoperability system capable of transmitting or patching a wide spectrum of frequencies and has a Barrett HF NVIS radio system which is capable of communicating with the National Guard, the military, State OES, and other entities.  When is MOEC called upon?  About once every other week!  Here is Ken Dueker, Director of Emergency Services for the City of Palo Alto, giving a quick tour of the MOEC and when there isn’t a disaster, what else the MOEC is used for.

What to Expect in 2015

Here is Joe Decuir, this year’s IEEE GHTC Vice-Chair and next year’s Chair, talking about the great things he’s seen but more importantly, what to expect at next year’s IEEE GHTC which will be in Seattle, Washington, USA in October.  He’ll need help fulfilling the ambitious plan so contact us if you’re interested in volunteering on the steering committee.

Technical Details

Here is Nate Johnson, IEEE GHTC Technical Chair, speaking about this year’s variety of technical tracks (1:39).

The goal of this project is to identify the diagnosis and treatment methods of diseases through the crowd-sourced data stored in the cloud, based on the symptoms and / or health measurement data collected and sent by the mobile device via Bluetooth.

Privacy and security of those databases are challenges for realizing the vision. Institutions which own the medical data may also charge a fee for access to their database.

Accuracy of the diagnosis, treatment and medication may still be risky initially, but those could be useful knowledge for the patient before consulting the physician.