Short Description: The Tablet Observed Treatment System (TOTS) app ensures Tuberculosis patients follow a proper treatment regimen to cure the disease by managing records and calendars, mapping routes to nearby treatment centers and taking photos of patients taking their medicine and immediately notifying their doctors and families.
Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a prevalent health issue in India. According to the World Health Organization, India accounts for one-fifth of the global TB incident cases and nearly 2 million people in India are diagnosed with the disease each year. Of those people, an estimated 330,000 people die from the disease each year.
India-based developer duo Sanket Shah and Prabhjot Bakshi decided technology was the answer to this challenge, when Prabhjot’s wife, who worked in a Tuberculosis treatment center in Punjab, expressed problems with the current patient treatment monitoring system and that change was needed in order to help save more lives.
Their solution, the Tablet Observed Treatment System (TOTS) app helps Tuberculosis patients to follow a proper treatment regimen that cures the disease and prevents death. The TOTS app based off of the WHO’s Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) track record system, ensures patients do not miss a day of taking their medications for a full six to nine months, which can help cure patients and stop the spread of the disease.
The app was built using the Windows Azure cloud platform and helps Tuberculosis patients by sending them reminders to take their medicine, managing records and calendars, and by allowing patients to take pictures of themselves taking their medicine to send to a Supervisor TB officer or a District TB officer who can record that the patient is following their treatment plan. TOTS also uses the Bing Map service to help patients locate the nearest Tuberculosis treatment centers, allowing patients to find a facility quickly and easily. These features also help the Supervisor TB officer because the patient photo reporting system is more reliable than field reports and the app allows doctors to store the data over the cloud to be used to help better analyze a patients’ progress and lab reports.