G S Memorial TeleHealth Center
Organized by: Daniel Roberson
EVENT DATE May 30, 2014
G S Memorial Plastic Surgery Hospital provides world class care to patients who cannot afford any treatment at all. A documentary about their work called "Smile Pinki" won an oscar. The hospital treats cleft lip and palate, as well as post burn contractures giving these people a new chance for a normal life. The hospital has observed a very poor follow up rate from patients due to the difficulty of travel from their home regions. This leads to worsened outcomes in speech patterns for cleft, or worse problems for burn victims. Approximately half of patients who need a second surgery to fully close the cleft, never return. MIT Sloan helped the hospital demonstrate that well placed telemedicine centers would improve these rates. MIT's Engineering Systems Division further validated the best locations for the first few clinics. The disability adjusted benefit to society per clinic is estimated at $18,000 per year of operation after all expenses, and the hospital plans to operate these centers at or below cost. All they need to start is the set up money to buy the computer, cameras, and furniture.
Set-up cost was estimated at $1100 per center, the $82 covers fees from credit card companies and crowdrise for this fundraiser.
The hospital already opened the first center in Muzaffarpur last month, paying out of it's own budget. We are hoping to help them fund the second one (or maybe even the third if you are generous)