December 4, 2023

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Empowering Healthcare in Guatemala

This past October, two dedicated members of the Thrive Health team, Audrey Bai, Product Manager, and Noorshan Nanji, Team Lead, Clinical Solutions, embarked on a mission to Guatemala with Team Broken Earth. This remarkable organization unites healthcare professionals, including doctors and nurses, to deliver critical healthcare services to underserved communities globally.

Representing Thrive Health, Audrey and Noorshan spent a week in Guatemala alongside a team of medical professionals who provided essential surgical care to individuals in some of Guatemala’s most remote and underserved regions. Patients traveled from their villages to undergo pre-operative assessments and surgeries conducted by specialized physicians and nurses.

Audrey Bai (left) and Noorshan Nanji (right)

Thrive Health’s technology had previously been deployed in Guatemala in early 2022 for pre-operative screening and patient follow-up. On this mission, a diverse team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, specialty nurses, and local team members from Partner for Surgery performed a remarkable array of surgeries, including orthopedic, general, gynecological, and oral procedures. Over five days, the team completed 61 operating room surgeries, ranging from hernia repairs to hysterectomies, and over 55 oral surgeries, extracting hundreds of teeth.

The Thrive platform played a crucial role during the mission, facilitating the recording of pre-operative assessments and discharge notes. This included capturing photos of patients and scans of medical imaging such as x-rays and CT scans. This wealth of information will enable surgeons to monitor post-operative care and outcomes from Canada, ensuring continuity of care for patients thousands of kilometers away.

In addition to the surgical endeavors, Thrive Health team members actively supported the implementation of a web-based patient information system. This system serves to enhance the continuity of patient care and communication among all healthcare providers collaborating with Partner for Surgery. 

Reflecting on their impactful experience, Audrey and Noorshan expressed their gratitude, stating, "Representing Thrive Health and contributing to the well-being of individuals in Guatemala has been an immensely positive experience. Being part of Team Broken Earth allowed us to witness the impact of collaborative efforts in providing essential healthcare services. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this experience and hopefully make a difference  in the lives of those who need it most."

The journey to Guatemala not only showcased the dedication of Thrive Health in contributing to global healthcare but also underscored the power of collaborative initiatives in transforming lives and fostering positive change. 

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