Mission and Vision

Our mission is to revolutionize healthcare delivery in remote areas through innovative mobile information services that improve patient access to medical specialists for faster, high quality, and more cost effective diagnosis and intervention. Based on the work and contributions of students, volunteers, partner organizations, and sponsors, Sana offers an open source data collection and collaboration platforms for clinical research and best practice health care delivery for underserved rural populations.


One of the largest problems facing the developing world is a lack of trained physicians. While there is not a shortage of untrained or semi-trained workforce, many health workers in many developing nations are not able to dispense adequate care due to a lack of expertise.Issues in delivering affordable and effective health care in developing countries include: lack of skilled or semi-skilled health care workers for accurate screening and referral; lack of a permanent and portable record of a patient’s medical history; lack of medical diagnostic devices; poor supply chains for replacing medical equipment; poor treatment compliance; slow rates of information flow; and lack of quality auditing to identify bottlenecks and quantify health care improvements.NGOs and social entrepreneurs are starting to build their own models to solve different types of medical challenges all over the developing world using the power of mobile solutions. Our system provides an instant infrastructure to capture media and patient information using whatever method is appropriate to the locale, and send it to a centralized server with sophisticated workflow management and diagnosis software. The system is turnkey, allowing for easy integration with existing systems. In addition, it is completely customizable for any organization.


Sana, is a student organization based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that offers an end-to-end system that seamlessly connects health workers to medical professionals. In addition, the group assists its partner organization with implementation through collaborative innovation. The team consists of volunteers with diverse background – medicine, computer science, clinical informatics, health policy, social sciences, and business and operations management. It strongly believes that there is a need to bring together experts from various disciplines in order to design an operating system around the delivery of care that is facilitated by mobile technology. The technology is crucial, but not the sole component of the solution. It is the centerpiece of a learning system that is designed not only to improve clinical outcomes, but the health delivery process itself.