|EILab envisions solving pressing societal problems through suitable technology interventions. One potential approach we have adopted is to efficiently use advances of ICTs and interaction technologies. They are not limited to solve the problems effectively but also aimed at building interactive, expressive and engaging platforms.
To support our vision, we have started 3 major projects with various industry research labs and government agencies. These projects are aimed to create larger societal impact – impact across millions residing in resource constrained environments in India. These projects starts soon. The following paragraphs provide details of each project.
Design of new ICT ecosystem for health administrators, medical officers and health workers to track/monitor progress of Tuberculosis (TB) patients in real-time
India is a country with the highest burden of TB worldwide. The major and unaddressed problems are
poor referral systems, tracking of defaulters, real time updates on Direct Observed Treatment Short-
Course (DOTS), disconnected health centers and delayed information reach to health administrators.
These problems lead to delayed preventive measures and ineffective implementation of government
initiatives which results in low-quality TB care.
Through an iterative user-centered design approach, we will develop an ICT enabled service in 3 major
components (a) centralized web & mobile phone based information system for health administrators
(b) SMS based service for patients to update on DOTS and (c) audio-visual animation and video based
training modules for DOTS providers. This proposal will connect health centers, help administrators to
gather patient data, track them in real time, monitor DOTS consumption and enable timely preventive
care. Field trials for 1-year will be conducted in 2 phases to investigate effectiveness and overall
A Mobile-based Virtual Reality Platform for Training and Educating Community Health Workers (CHWs)
The lack of education and unskilled workforce of CHWs is well known. Key challenges observed in lack of skilled CHWs are insufficient training, non-engaging and ineffective methods, passive learning, no feedback on their learning and little or no updates/trainings on new methods for healthy practices. This proposal aims to develop ICT supported mobile phone based interactive training and educational modules for CHWs. It will use advances of interaction technologies, driven by virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR) and multimodal interfaces to create interactive, engaging, expressive and effective virtual training platforms for CHWs. Interactive audio-visual animations and videos will be used to create training modules in child and maternal healthcare. It will further develop a software-configured framework for administrators and doctors to self-create, update and distribute training materials across CHWs.
Development of an efficient service ecosystem to uplift dhobis of rural and semi-urban India
According to 2001 census (unfortunately there is no recent data), there are more than 3.24 million dhobis in India. They divide into organized and unorganized segments. More than 70% dhobis work in unorganized segments having limited outreach, areas and customers, nil-to-low infrastructure and resources, lack of administrative and government support and hence limited income and future opportunities to grow. With P&G Supply Network Innovation Center(SNIC, Brussels), EILab aims to develop an ecosystem consisting of series of efficient solutions to uplift the worsening condition of unorganized dhobis in India. It also aims to minimize environmental hazards caused due to unaware practices and negligence, especially while using water resources of public interests. The total duration of the project is 2 years. The proposed ecosystem will be deployed for a period of 8 months in Guwahati, Assam and nearby areas. This is a second phase of ongoing collaboration with P&G SNIC Brussels lab.