The Sana Approach

Why Sana?

Sana recognizes that using mobile technologies for telehealth in developing nations requires dealing with many standards, different networks and local challenges ranging from intermittent connectivity and cultural differences. Our system provides an instant end-to-end infrastructure for media-centric remote decision support by experts . Packetization, a synchronization model, and multi-modal data transport allow Sana to operate even in poor cellular coverage areas. While the system is mobile-centric, it is designed to provide alternatives such as WiFi and tethered uploads for bandwidth-constrained situations.

Sana also realizes that few instantiations of remote medical diagnostics are the same. Unlike hodge-podge solutions, Sana is highly customizable, allowing organizations to design their own applications. These applications can be dynamically loaded onto phones running Sana, and they can be shared between other organizations.

We understand that user interface is extremely important, that’s why the Sana interface has been laboriously engineered for ease-of-use and clarity. By leveraging Google Android’s API, Sana offers a highly usable and inviting interface.

Another reason to use Sana is because of its commitment to Open Source. The Sana platform is released under the BSD license, allowing people to extend, improve, and tweak the system as they choose. We feel that the best way to innovate is through open innovation, allowing organizations, universities, and companies to contribute to Sana.

The Sana Workflow

Using the Sana app, health workers can run a procedure and collect patient data. Sana then uploads the information to OpenMRS for a doctor to review. After reviewing the case, doctors can notify the health worker of the diagnosis by sending results to the Sana app. Watch our demo below of Sana being used in Mexico.