Health Checkup and Telemedical Intervention Program for Preventive Medicine in Developing Countries: Verification Study

Yasunobu Nohara, Eiko Kai, Partha Pratim Ghosh, Rafiqul Islam, Ashir Ahmed, Masahiro Kuroda, Sozo Inoue, Tatsuo Hiramatsu, Michio Kimura, Shuji Shimizu, Kunihisa Kobayashi, Yukino Baba, Hisashi Kashima, Koji Tsuda, Masashi Sugiyama, Mathieu Blondel, Naonori Ueda, Masaru Kitsuregawa, Naoki Nakashima

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Background: The prevalence of non-communicable diseases is increasing throughout the world, including developing countries. / Objective: The intent was to conduct a study of a preventive medical service in a developing country, combining eHealth checkups and teleconsultation as well as assess stratification rules and the short-term effects of intervention. / Methods: We developed an eHealth system that comprises a set of sensor devices in an attaché case, a data transmission system linked to a mobile network, and a data management application. We provided eHealth checkups for the populations of five villages and the employees of five factories/offices in Bangladesh. Individual health condition was automatically categorized into four grades based on international diagnostic standards: green (healthy), yellow (caution), orange (affected), and red (emergent). We provided teleconsultation for orange- and red-grade subjects and we provided teleprescription for these subjects as required. / Results: The first checkup was provided to 16,741 subjects. After one year, 2361 subjects participated in the second checkup and the systolic blood pressure of these subjects was significantly decreased from an average of 121 mmHg to an average of 116 mmHg (P<.001). Based on these results, we propose a cost-effective method using a machine learning technique (random forest method) using the medical interview, subject profiles, and checkup results as predictor to avoid costly measurements of blood sugar, to ensure sustainability of the program in developing countries. / Conclusions: The results of this study demonstrate the benefits of an eHealth checkup and teleconsultation program as an effective health care system in developing countries.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Medical Internet Research
Volume17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 28 2015

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    Nohara, Y., Kai, E., Ghosh, P. P., Islam, R., Ahmed, A., Kuroda, M., Inoue, S., Hiramatsu, T., Kimura, M., Shimizu, S., Kobayashi, K., Baba, Y., Kashima, H., Tsuda, K., Sugiyama, M., Blondel, M., Ueda, N., Kitsuregawa, M., & Nakashima, N. (2015). Health Checkup and Telemedical Intervention Program for Preventive Medicine in Developing Countries: Verification Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(1). http://hdl.handle.net/10228/00006903