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Smart Pod


What is a Smart Pod Deployable Medical Facility?

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Designed in the wake of the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the Smart Pod is a deployable field hospital with all of the advantages of a modern hospital. Smart Pods provide a solution for areas of the world that have enormous challenges and limitations in accessing healthcare.

They can serve as primary care clinics, surgery centers, hospitals, and laboratory facilities or be easily and quickly transported anywhere in the world for an immediate response to global disasters.

Each pod can be shipped directly to its destination by boat, truck or air, and assembled in less than five minutes with a team of four. The structures are lightweight and eco-friendly, and can be customized for integration into various cultural communities.


How Can Smart Pods Be Used?

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We’ve collaborated with experts to provide a health risk management system proven to eliminate 99.7 percent of dangerous pathogens. A tablet-based patient tracking system ensures consistent, reliable care for patients, and culturally-appropriate training content for the healthcare providers. The Smart Pod can be utilized for several medical purposes, including:

• Lab/Pharmacy Unit
• Public Health Surveillance
• Diagnostics, Isolation, and Treatment
• Screening
• Surgical care
• Triage
• Clinical Management Unit
• Women’s Health
• Refugee Care
• Primary Care
• Vaccinations


Award-Winning Solution


Vulcan Inc.’s Paul G. Allen Ebola Program
Baylor Global Health is one of seven awardees selected from Vulcan Inc.’s Paul G. Allen Ebola Program and one of three awardees to receive funding for emergency infrastructure and logistics; a challenge in any disaster response or infectious disease spread situation.

USAID Ebola Grand Challenge
Baylor Global Health is an awardee of the Ebola Grand Challenge granted by USAID, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of State. From more than 1,600 applications, Baylor Global Health is one of 12 winners selected.