Using Point of Care Technologies and Community Health Workforce to Prevent Stroke in India: Challenges and Opportunities

John Sullivan1, Apurv Soni1, Seyed Mohamad Amin Salehizadeh2, Chae Ho Cho2, Mridul Rana3, Kandarp Talati4, Somashekhar Nimbalkar5, Sunil Thanvi5, Ki Chon2, David McManus6

  • 1University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • 2University of Connecticut
  • 3Imperial College London
  • 4Foundation for Diffusion of Innovations
  • 5Pramukhswami Medical College
  • 6University of Massachusetts Medical Center


12:00 - 14:00 | Thu 10 Nov | Maya Ballroom Foyer | ThPO.39

Session: HI-POCT Poster Session and POC Technologies Demonstrations


Atrial fibrillation (AF), the world's most common arrhythmia, is a leading risk factor for stroke, a disease striking nearly 1.6 million Indians annually. Early detection and management of AF is a promising opportunity to prevent stroke but widespread screening programs in limited resource settings using conventional methods (ECG) is difficult and costly. We propose an innovative approach that leverages 1) mobile technology and 2) existing community health workforce to overcome these limitations.