Deliver Care Anywhere
Author: Smile Digital Health
Using FHIR and AI to Expand the Reach of Healthcare
Alani Lee is a rural native of Hawaii. Her home is in Ni'ihau, a remote island over 150 miles away from the state’s capital city of Honolulu. However, it's this remote location that has instilled a deep sense of belonging amongst the island's residents. Alani is a regular contributor to this sense of goodwill as the operator and proprietor of the town's local ice cream parlor. Heavily admired within her community, locals visit her storefront for good conversation just as much as for good ice cream. Happy to provide both, Alani enjoys nothing more than being a positive presence to every customer who walks inside her store.
Unfortunately, this cherished engagement with her patrons was one day sadly disrupted after Alani was unexpectedly diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer. Her experience showcases the complications that arise when treating patients living in remote areas and how it's being solved through the collaborative efforts of Smile Digital Health and Red Hat.
Shortly after her diagnosis, Alani underwent a partial mastectomy to remove her tumor. While the surgery was a success, the late-stage recognition of her cancer led to it spreading beyond her breast. As a result, Alani developed metastatic brain lesions that required a combination of corticosteroids and radiation therapy to treat. While she was now cancer-free, her immune system was severely compromised after withstanding the rigor of invasive surgery and extensive steroids exposure. Alani faced a long road to recovery before she could hope to feel herself again. Her physician's main concern was Alani's susceptibility to sepsis, a dangerous condition that had the potential to affect her well-being even further.