If you read the NYTimes as we do, we hope you saw the amazing article published about Cerviscope, an important effort to provide tools to physicians in the field who are battling cervical cancer.
We are huge fans of Cerviscope - they've pushed the limits, and are continuing to build a great tool to aid physicians.
Most importantly, we are very excited to see that the New York Times is highlighting the depth of the challenge in the field, and the enormity of the burden carried by under-resourced health providers.
While we believe Cerviscope is doing important work, we do differ from them greatly in what we believe the field needs to truly defeat cervical cancer.
First, we recognize that most cervical screening is not done by physicians, but rather by nurses, midwives, and community health workers. For them, magnification alone is good but not sufficient -- a reason the AVIScope failed to succeed years ago. So we provide them with telemedicine capabilities using their mobile phones, so that they can share their images and get advice.
We also will provide them (in a few months) with algorithmic assistance, thanks to the important work Dr. David Levitz on our team is doing with tissue characterization. This will provide objective advice on the device itself so they can detect cancer sooner and with greater accuracy.
Second, we recognize that working in the field is lonely work - and that electronic medical records are important both for the patient and the physician. Which is why we're working hard on providing a portal for organizations to use to track cases, patient histories, and health worker decisions.
And last, we differ in that we're using a mobile phone - so that anyone, anywhere, can pick one up and start working.
We hope many more efforts will sprout to address this critical health issue - and look forward to many more articles celebrating advances in healthcare.
How to Defeat Cervical Cancer
This blog reflects the lessons our team learns on our quest to defeat cervical cancer.