Updated Mar 28, 2018

piClinic Console

Affordable patient-record automation for limited-resource clinics.

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Robert Watson

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Stage 2: Research & Development

Early-stage development. Preparing for field testing.

Focus Areas:

Health Systems

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Many small clinics around the world would benefit from some form of patient-record automation to reduce duplicate and misplaced files and improve their ability to report on patients and clinic activities. However, for many of these clinics, an EHR system is not an option because it is too costly or too complex.



The piClinic console provides the essential patient-record automation functions of:

- Electronic patient master index
- Digital archiving of patient records
- Patient visit tracking and record-keeping
- Basic patient and clinic operation reports
- ICD-10 diagnosis coding

Target Beneficiaries

The piClinic Console supports small clinics that keep records on less than 20,000 patients overall and that see less than 100 patients per day.

The piClinic Console requires only AC electrical power (110/220V 50/60HZ). An Internet connection is not required.

Mission and Vision

The piClinic Console fills the gap in patient-record automation solutions that exists between having no automation and having a complete Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. Because EHR systems are costly and complex, they are not a viable alternative for clinics without the resources that such systems require. The piClinic Console provides an intermediate option to automate the patient records in clinics that cannot afford an EHR system.

Innovation Description

Using open-source software and common, commercially available hardware, the piClinic Console provides basic patient-record automation functions for a very low cost. The piClinic Console provides only the most essential patient-record automation functions that provide immediate value to the clinic.

For a low acquisition cost, clinics can start moving their records from paper to an electronic system. The limited feature set reduces the time to learn the system and the electronic filing system helps clinics create and assign individual identification numbers while supporting existing identification systems during the transition.

After the clinic staff has been trained to use the system, the clinic can gradually transition to the system during the normal course of daily operations. As more information is loaded into the system, daily clinic activities will become easier and faster.

When a clinic has the resources to install and support an EHR after using a piClinic Console for a while, the clinic staff will have become proficient in automated system operation and the clinic records and processes will have been organized for automated systems. By eliminating these two major hurdles frequently encountered in EHR transitions, the piClinic Console can set clinics up for a success with their future EHR.

Competitive Advantage

The piClinic Console such as the one shown in the photo costs about $300 US to install in a clinic. This is considerably less expensive than other desktop systems. This is the basic system configuration. Other configurations that support printers, bar code scanners, and Internet connections are also available.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We are currently testing variations of the project to identify the most beneficial intersection of the features that the console can support and the features that the console must support.

This summer (2018), we will deploy the prototype into small clinics for field testing.
Funding Goal25,000


Feb 2017