Smart Healthcare for a Better World!

Caerobotics Healthcare Solutions integrates the futuristic medical technologies with human-centered systems designs to deliver care where it is needed the most. We partner with technology companies, researchers, humanitarian aid providers, healthcare providers and governments to implement projects that impact lives and brings about an improved delivery of healthcare services.

News dated August 08, 2016 reported that a 5-day old infant who was unwell was killed along with 6 others, including his mother in a chopper crash while on the way to Kathmandu for treatment. Almost a decade ago we had lost a family member in one of the villages of Pokhra in a similar incidence after she gave birth and suffered a heavy blood loss and could not be helped in time. The news just brought back the impulse to find a solution in an even acute intensity.

It triggered a series of questions:

Would anyone deserve a loss of life for not having received care in need? Were there similar such incidences in the past or would they still continue in the future? Can the efforts of healthcare teams be supported with reliable smart systems? Can these systems serve as an extension of their minds and hands and save crucial time in emergencies?

Now imagine a situation where in case of a medical emergency, a desperate family member reaches for his phone, shoots an SOS SMS, is tracked through GPS, while a care team notes and acts on their concerns, a drone heads off in their direction reaching the family within 15 minutes, providing the aid, equipped with an interactive robot chat device connected with wearable devices to monitor the vitals with a medical expert at the other end understanding and giving the exact instruction to the family member or the medical attendant and saving a life.

Caerobotics Healthcare Solutions is born as an attempt to find answers and implement solutions to the basic healthcare concern of accessibility, availability and affordability.

Our first region of research and action is Nepal, a half-home where we would like to begin, later scaling up to similar needs zones like Bhutan, Tibet, North-east India and Kashmir.

Nepal, loved for its enchanting beauty has a typical situation when it comes to healthcare. The infrastructure in this country is weak, weather unpredictable and harsh and accessibility to reliable healthcare facility very poor with doubtful quality standards. To provide futuristic healthcare services that can change the way healthcare happens in Nepal is thus a major challenge.

One of the first tasks in our kitty is to research more about the ecosystem and the lives of the people that we aim to serve. We want to learn everything about them, their culture, their choices, their aspirations and their livelihoods.

We started looking for locations to begin the research study. Our selection criteria were to have people from villages with at least 50 houses located away from the main highways and inaccessible by road with frequent assaults of nature.

We found people live in small villages that are located on very high peaks and very difficult terrains. Their homes are humble and lives are built around small-scale agriculture. To reach their homes, often needs a trek of 1 to 3 days. Often the roads are absent or unreliable due to frequent incidence of landslides. To land a chopper in these areas can be very challenging, but at times the only option available in case of emergency. They have access to mobile phone networks, though the internet connectivity may be poor.

Health posts in these zones are poorly manned, poorly equipped and poorly maintained. The closest trustworthy healthcare facility would be the district hospital and it can take an average of 4 hours to reach these facilities. Tertiary care hospitals are mostly concentrated in Kathmandu and other towns like Pokhra and to reach there takes on an average one day.

We believe, a well-designed system based on a deep understanding of the needs of the people we are serving with a sole aim of making their lives better can probably be a suitable answer to these issues. The answer to the healthcare issues somewhere lies in synchronizing the outcomes of technology, care services and medical excellence and aggregating them on a common platform aiming to make healthcare easily available, accessible and affordable to the communities.

The name ‘Caerobotics’ is actually based on a few key words – care, aerial vehicles and robotics. On a broader frame, we are aiming to apply sturdy drones and smart air ambulances equipped with artificial intelligence systems guiding robots and wearable devices, connected through communication technologies to provide healthcare services in zones with scarce healthcare facilities.

Caerobotics would synchronize the efforts from a mutidisciplinary team of:

1)      Researchers, Inventors and Technocrats

2)      System Designers

3)      Geomapping Experts

4)      Analytics Experts

5)      Technical Operators

6)      Medical Experts

7)       Caregivers

8)      Coordinators

We are hoping to raise seed funds through crowd-funding and humanitarian donations to allow us enough time to fully conduct a serious research in each of the topics relevant to implement a high-impact healthcare model.

The income-model would be a fee-for-service model offered to healthcare partners such as government, network hospitals, INGOs, insurance or even the families.

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Dr. Ruchi Saxena,

Founder, Caerobotics Healthcare Services.