The Wearable Medical Records Improve Vaccination Rates in Northern India

By: Alyson Wyers - Mar 6, 2015
References: khushibaby.org & springwise
In an effort to improve vaccination rates in developing communities, Yale University students developed wearable medical records. Khushi Baby is a cheap digital necklace designed to store and share the vaccination records of infants using near-field communication. The smart pendant will therefore reduce the number of children from dying of preventable diseases. Currently, more than 1.5 million babies die when they could have been saved by vaccines.

This is especially the case in isolated communities, like rural villages in Northern India. The wearable medical records in smart necklace form help community health worker to keep track of what vaccinations babies have had. This system works to modernize and streamline infrastructure where records are handwritten in enormous logbooks and healthcare is offered in camps. Workers also utilize a Khushi Baby-donated smartphone and an accompanying app.

This innovation indicates how wearable technology can be introduced in the developing world as well as for socially conscious purposes.