Simple is now used in hospitals of all sizes in India and Bangladesh. In many facilities, clinicians see more than 100 patients each day, so ease-of-use and high performance are key.
2,551 active* public health facilities
from district hospitals to community clinics
with hypertension managed in Simple
2,670,647 BPs recorded
since the program started
18 sec follow-up
median time to record a follow-up visit
65 sec registration
median time to register a new patient in Simple
538,187 text messages sent
reminding patients to return for follow-up
** Data updated 3-May-2021
* >10 patients recorded at a facility in the last week
Simple had strong uptake in public health facilities in India and Bangladesh. Healthcare workers appreciate that Simple is easy to learn, simple to use, and takes up very little data. In a recent survey, nurses and doctors gave Simple a 4.5/5 star rating.
Read more about what we are doing differently and what we have learned developing Simple.
Simple is supported by Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the not-for-profit Vital Strategies, which aims to reduce the number of people dying from heart disease and strokes in low- and middle-income countries. A key goal is to dramatically increase the number of people with hypertension who have their blood pressure measured and controlled. Simple, contextual digital platforms for managing hypertension are essential to enable actionable reporting and improve patient management.
We have published a set of Digital Principles. We also endorse the Principles for Digital Development. We embody these concepts in our work culture and in the policies and processes guiding our development activities.
This project is supported by Resolve to Save Lives, which enables us to provide Simple completely free of cost with no strings attached. This project will always be open source — free and open to contributions from everyone.
There is a lot more about Resolve to Save Lives' cardiovascular health goals on the website. Our blog has articles about specific aspects of the project and lessons learned as we develop an ultra-thin EMR.
This project relies on excellent advice and participation from the Government of India, state governments in India, the Indian Council of Medical Research, the National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh, and countless clinical workers, patients, and colleagues who put in the hard work every day to improve the control of hypertension.
This is an open source project with contributions from clinicians, designers, developers, and technologists. Some of the early contributors include: