iSTOC contributes to improving healthcare quality in Pakistan
iSTOC has partnered with IntegrationXperts and the Health Department, Government of Sindh in Pakistan to deliver better healthcare to the underprivileged population of Sindh. About 120 000 patients have been screened so far with the use of iSTOC’s mobile platform for infectious diseases.
Sindh is the second-largest province of Pakistan. Due to limited access to healthcare facilities, clean drinking water, lack of awareness, growing population of 48 million people and harsh environmental conditions, this area is in great need for the infectious disease prevention. Setting up labs for diagnosis in remote areas of Pakistan is a challenge. Many people are left without any access to basic healthcare because they either couldn’t afford or access it.
To answer this challenge, the Health Department Government of Sindh has launched a mobile diagnostics project to identify, treat and rehabilitate people from the province of Sindh that are affected with infectious diseases. As Pakistan lacked the right screening systems, the iSTOC’s solution came just in time.
‘We have done an agreement with iSTOC to conduct different tests as early diagnosis was a challenge in our province. Other challenges included data collection on real-time basis and timely diagnosis to assess the number of patients,’ explained Secretary Health, dr. Fazlullah Pechuho.
iSTOC turns mobile phones into field laboratories
iSTOC was established about five years ago. The company provides a reliable platform that consists of integrated point-of-care-diagnostics and mobile technology cloud computing. Its solution is deployed and is used to collect and store digitized diagnostic data with the 99.9% diagnosis accuracy. This data is also an invaluable source of information for health department for future references and to track the healthcare progress in the province of Sindh.
Performing tests is extremely easy as it includes only a few steps:
- a healthcare worker performs rapid testing with the use of the iSTOC kit
- scanning of the rapid test kit with a smartphone application
- providing diagnosis and analysing the results through the iSTOC platform
Together for better health care
It all started when the iSTOC’s consultant, Vendor Junction FZC for MEA & South Asia markets, identified Pakistan as a high-potential market for the company’s mobile diagnostics solution. About a year ago iSTOC teamed up with a local healthcare technology company, IntegrationXperts, and signed an agreement with the Health department of the Government of Sindh to start a mass screening project. The iSTOC’s solution was immediately appreciated as the key tool to provide cost effective treatment to the general population in Pakistan.
The main goal of the project was to identify and help to treat people that are affected with infectious diseases. More than one hundred student nurses and health care professionals were trained and certified on the iSTOC platform for the needs of the project.
‘The company’s vision in Pakistan is to contribute to providing better healthcare in this country and, as a result, to improving the quality of life of the inhabitants,’ said Mr. Jarmo Järvenpää, CEO of iSTOC.
About 120 000 patients from the province of Sindh have been screened with the use of the iSTOC’s platform for infectious diseases, such as HIV, dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria, hepatitis – B and C. Patients for immediate treatment were identified quickly and cost-efficiently. Moreover, the project resulted in providing invaluable data that can be used to create high-risk population categories, analyze patterns of epidemics in the province and implement the right treatment and prevention programs.The project was completed in 45 days and it covered over 70 locations including major cities as well as small towns and villages across the province of Sindh.
Following the success of 120 000 completed tests, the health department plans to continue the mass screening with 500 000 tests and screenings of both existing jail inmates and new inmates with 75 000-80 000 tests annually. The health department has also initiated iSTOC technology concept paper to UNAIDS for technical support & advocacy for screening of HIV affected and vulnerable population in Sindh.
‘ISTOC has contributed greatly to developing faster and better treatment of the affected population of Pakistan and increasing public awareness in the fight against infectious diseases. There is a keen interest in collaboration with the Finnish government and the City of Oulu in order to launch new technology products that will answer the healthcare challenges in Sindh and Pakistan,’ said Mr. Sayed Jawed, Sales Director and Board Advisor at iSTOC & CEO at Vendor Junction FZC.
‘Sindh is now a model for the rest of the country for new healthcare initiatives that include immediate diagnostics using machine vision, IoT and big data technology. The technology that was used during the project has officially been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Conformity (CE). It complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards,’ concluded Mr. Umair Azam, Founder and Managing Partner at IntegrationXperts.