Yaseen Khan, MD
Year Selected 2014
Social Impact Area(s)
SELECTED FOR: The Open Medicine Project South Africa
COUNTRY: Republic of South Africa
A doctor who’s worked in the pressured emergency rooms of South African hospitals, Yaseen seeks to dramatically improve health care through the innovative use of mobile technology. In 2012, he co-founded The Open Medicine Project, South Africa (TOMPSA) to create open-access mobile applications that connect health workers with clinical information and the tools needed to support care decisions. As a result, paramedics, doctors, nurses, and students in South Africa can now access critical health information via their mobile phones, making patient diagnosis and treatment more efficient and effective. For example, TOMPSA’s Emergency Medicine application provides emergency room workers with guidelines for care and tools to enhance decision-making. Similarly, its Mobile Triage Solution equips healthcare workers with a handheld means of prioritizing patients and their needs.