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Emergency Smart Pods — Transforming Containers into Modern Medical Clinics:Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy works with a team at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas to harness the power of technology to solve medical problems in remote places around the globe that have scarce resources. The Emergency Smart Pod is a great example of this approach.

“I had this idea for developing amobile, expandable, low-cost shipping container for performing medical procedures like endoscopy,” says Anandasabapathy. “When the Ebola outbreak occurred in 2014, we took that concept and adapted it for a clinic that would be suitable for handling high-level infectious agents.”

As Anandasabapathy and her team further refined the portable clinic idea, they were selected as one of 14 winners of USAID’s Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge, which aimed to provide health care workers on the front lines with better tools to battle the epidemic.

“The greatest thing about science is that the work is no longer done in isolation. The support of USAID gave us the chance to collect information from those in the field. As an example, we learned that the equipment we originally planned to use was too heavy to transport on roads in West Africa, which helped us in thinking through a new direction for using lighter materials,” says Anandasabapathy.

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Emergency Smart Pods — Transforming Containers into Modern Medical Clinics:Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy works with a team at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas to harness the power of technology to solve medical problems in remote places around the globe that have scarce resources. The Emergency Smart Pod is a great example of this approach.

“I had this idea for developing amobile, expandable, low-cost shipping container for performing medical procedures like endoscopy,” says Anandasabapathy. “When the Ebola outbreak occurred in 2014, we took that concept and adapted it for a clinic that would be suitable for handling high-level infectious agents.”