Baobab Health, a Malawi-based non-governmental organization, aimed to improve health outcomes at HIV clinics that dispensed antiretroviral treatments.
Growth options for a high-tech innovation in Malawi. Our focus in 2008-9 was on its application of easy-to-use touchscreen clinical workstations at the point of patient care. Equipped with Baobab’s early evidence of the workstations’ value in clinical settings, an MIT student team investigated the benefits of increasing workstation adoption across Malawi in different clinics and hospitals. The students conducted extensive stakeholder research, surveyed the company’s finances, assessed technological requirements, and developed guidelines for potential workstation users, drawing their analysis together to create a business case for technology investment decisions. The collaboration served as a catalyst for Baobab’s next steps in investigating the potential cost-saving value of its technology and paved the way for more detailed follow-on studies.
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