Enhance the effectiveness of healthcare systems in combatting infectious diseases.
Healthcare systems are burdened with the need to run diagnostics, treat patients and report infectious diseases to their public health officials. This burden is more prominently observed in low resource settings where there are few people with sufficient skills or training needed to service the population. We seek to enhance the effectiveness of these burdened systems by providing tools to better inform the decisions made by healthcare workers and public health officials in a timely manner and by making public health data openly accessible and digestible to the global community. Therefore, our values are:
- Accessibility of technology;
- Efficient use of resources;
- Openness of data and designs;
- Responsiveness to demanding environments.
Our efforts will do the greatest good by addressing the needs of communities where infectious diseases have a disproportionate impact on the economic or social wellbeing of the population. Regions that are endemic-prone or can only be serviced by itinerant healthcare workers are of particular interest. In addition, initial partnerships are focused on a subset of those regions that are currently executing or are preparing to introduce community based initiatives for disease and outbreak surveillance.
Puccinelli Laboratories is developing an ecosystem to provide real-time, spatiotemporal surveillance of infectious diseases. This system is designed to minimize the burden of surveillance efforts on healthcare infrastructure while also enabling data-informed public health policies to be implemented proactively for the health and safety of the community.
The ecosystem is made possible by leveraging an affordable set of hardware and software utilities. The hardware consists of a field deployable point-of-care unit designed with a flexible diagnostic interface to enable the detection of numerous diseases through a variety of detection assays. Upon completion of the assay, diagnostic data is transmitted to an open source public health database where the results from all deployed systems are aggregated. Communities can access the data with an online interface to evaluate the effectiveness of current policies and consider implementing alternative approaches.