Philips and Rhiza Foundation Mobile Clinic focuses on the delivery of primary healthcare to populations with little or no access to medical facilities. The project is focused primarily on maternal-child healthcare, cervical cancer, breast and heart health, and dental care. It is being rolled out in Northern Johannesburg.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
The clinic is custom built upon a mid-sized truck frame.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
The project offers the services directly to the customers in the different townships.
Distributions to Date Status
This mobile health clinic is custom built on a medium duty truck frame that provides a multipurpose platform to deliver services, education, and counseling. Seated on a 10 x 2.5 m space, it is sectioned into a maternal & child care section and a dental care section. The clinic is fitted with a mobile ultrasound system (VISIQ ultrasound) for screening and scans in maternity cases. Other equipment include the Phillips Avalon Fetal Monitor and a Goldway Colposcope. The clinic is powered by a solar power off-grid unit with efficient LED lighting and operates without the need of main supply or batteries. Currently, they are working on implementing IT infrastructure so that patients' data can be stored and analyzed.
Provided by manufacturer
Replaceable components include solar panel and medical equipment
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
The Philips and Rhiza Foundation's Mobile Clinic is intended to improve the quality of life and provide access to health services, particularly access to maternal-child healthcare and dental care.
Vetted Performance Status
Complementary Technical Systems
Medical equipment, solar panel
Academic Research and References
Population Health Advisor, 2017, Mobile Health Clinics: Improving Access to Care for the Underserved
Hill, C. F., Powers, B.W., Jain. S.H., Bennet, J., Vavasis, A. and Oriol, N.E., 2014, Mobile Health Clinics in the Era of Reform, The American Journal of Managed Care, 20(3), pp. 261-264
Aranda-Jan, C.B., Mohutsiwa-Dibe, N. and Loukanova, S., 2014, Systematic Review on What Works, What Does Work and Why of Implementation of Mobile Health (mHealth) Projects in Africa, BMC Public Health, 14(188)
Evans, W.D., Abroms, L.C., Poropatich, R., Nielsen, P.E. and Wallace, J.L., 2012, Mobile Health Evaluation Methods: The Text4baby Case Study, Journal of Health Communication, 17(1), pp. 22-29
Ramirez, V., Johnson, E., Gonzalez, C., Ramirez, V., Rubino, B. and Rossetti, G., 2016, Assessing the Use of Mobile Health Technology by Patients: An Observational Study in Primary Care Clinics, JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 4(2)
Compliance with regulations