As part of Imagine Cup 2011, students from Brigham Young University have designed an application that allow pregnant mothers in rural parts of the world to receive ultrasounds from doctors who otherwise wouldn't have access to expensive machines and equipment. This problem, which is omnipresent in the developing world, has in the past been responsible for a large number of unnecessary deaths.
This new app by the Brigham Young students leverages both Windows 7 and Windows Azure in creating a solution:
Moms lacking access to clinics and doctors in possession of sophisticated, expensive equipment. When these mothers don't have access to advanced healthcare practices and people, they suffer. Their rural doctors don't have access to advance medical technologies and as such women are unable to get routine pre-natal care and, in particular, ultrasounds.
Now Doctors in rural clinics around the world will be able to use this application to run routine medical care previously unimagined.
To find out more about the Bearpaw Brigham Young program watch this video:
[Source: Windows team blog]