Systematic Medical Appraisal, Reference and Treatment (SMART) Health is an ongoing project from The George Institute. This project aims at creating affordable and effective primary health care for patients at high risk of premature death or disability in rural communities. SMART Health provides the primary care workforce with a suite of smartphone-based applications that include a simple electronic health record, wireless point-of-care diagnostics and series of evidence-based algorithms for the management of patients with, or at high-risk of, premature death or disability. Initially rolled out for Australian rural parts, SMART health programme later extended its roots to Indian rural communities with support from The George Institute UK and Global Alliance for Chronic Disease.
Taking this concept to the next step, The George Institute with Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health started working on SMARThealth Pregnancy programme. With the participation of community health workers, The George Institute intends to adapt the SMARThealth system for antenatal and postnatal care, and train community healthcare workers and primary care doctors to use the new SMARThealth Pregnancy system. The institute will then evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the platform to support frontline healthcare workers to identify and manage the care of pregnant women at high risk of future heart disease, stroke and diabetes, and ensure their life-long health.