GLIF: Cunning Responds To PSFK Future Of Health Report

GLIF: Cunning Responds To PSFK Future Of Health Report

GLIF is a Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) designed to assist community health workers with medical decisions.

Scott Mioduszewski
  • 3 august 2010

04 foh cunning concepts

GLIF- Cunning Responds To PSFK Future Of Health Report-1

GLIF: Clinical Decision Support System

GLIF is a Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) designed to assist community health workers with medical decisions. It would function similarly to the SMS question-answering service ChaCha. By capturing data exhaust, it may also help epidemiologists identify and contain outbreaks in the developing world.

In order to circumvent language barriers and illiteracy, GLIF uses a system of pictorial and numeric communication. Basic information about patient and symptoms (“male / age 3 / yes fever / 72 w / yes nailbed pallor / question treat for malaria / question which medication / question what dosage / question how long”) is converted into hexadecimal sequence by a community health worker using a pictographic key, then automatically decoded on the receiving end. The receiver is presented with the question and a list of suggested responses. Suggestions take into consideration such factors as the location of the sender. A response is chosen, sequenced, sent, and again decoded by the community health worker using the pictographic key.

The pictographic key includes a diagram of a human body, as well as pictograms of the most common symptoms, treatments, units of measurement, and medications. The key is designed to be easily transferable and reproducible. For example, it may be painted in freehand onto a wall of a building and still remain usable.

GLIF is not designed to replace the community health worker at the point of care, but rather to supplement her first hand observation and knowledge with the power of the Internet.

A secondary benefit of GLIF is that time and location-based data collection may be used to indentify and contain disease outbreaks and to better allocate medical resources. See Google Flu for example.

PSFK’s Future of Health Report shines a light on innovation occurring within the health and wellness space around the world. This document brings together both literal and lateral inspiration to provide a framework within which businesses can begin to contemplate the issues facing UNICEF and community health workers. These issues include limited resources, technological constraints, lack of health education, and limited access to timely and relevant health and wellness information.

In an effort to start this exciting conversation, PSFK challenged advertising and design agencies from around the world to react to the Future of Health report. They were tasked with developing concepts in the form of products, services or communications that addressed one or more of the needs set forth by UNICEF. The end result of this initial phase of ideation is more than 40 innovative concepts.

The following ideas are from Cunning Communications. The agency has responded with five ideas; two services and three concepts. The full response is available for download on request here.

PSFK presents the Future Of Health Report for UNICEF


Bicycle Hotel In Norway Makes Commuting A Breeze

Design & Architecture
Technology Today

Umbrella Tells You Whether It's Needed Before You Go Out

Opus One was designed by former Samsung engineers and offers a weather forecast via the flashing LED on top

Sustainability Today

Biocomposite Skateboard Provides An Eco-Friendly Ride

The Uitto is an eco-friendly skate deck crafted from Norwegian wood fibers


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Work Today

Hyatt Honors Travelers With A 3D-Printed Statue Contest

The hospitality wanted to celebrate the people who go everywhere for work and make sure their tasks were not forgotten

Syndicated Today

High-Tech Replica Brings Prehistoric Art Within Reach

A £48m recreation of the Lascaux Caves in France will let visitors experience the unique place for the first time in decades

Related Expert

Dennis Mortensen

Artificial Intelligence

Entertainment Today

Tripod Lets You Make Snapchat Videos Hands-Free

The Camkix kit lets you record wirelessly from any angle

IoT Today

GE Develops An Alexa-Enabled Table Lamp

The first in a line of interconnected home products will integrate Amazon's voice-activated system for smarter home living

Advertising Today

Spotify Mines User Data To Create A Global Ad Campaign

The series of billboards relays the feelings that people express through listening to music


Future Of Retail 2017
Transformation Strategies For Customer-First Business

PSFK Op-Ed Yesterday

Creative Director: Navigating The New World Of Founder-Brands

Richard Smith, Creative Director at Sullivan, explains how visionaries like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg approach their branding and why it’s important to apply brand thinking to founders’ products

PSFK Labs december 1, 2016

Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

Food Today

What Material Research In Beirut Bodes For Our Waste Crisis

Might building furniture and lights out of rose petals and coffee grounds point to more sustainable modes of living, as seen in Beirut Design Week?

Social Media Today

This Collar Wants To Be The Bridge Between Human-Dog Communication

Inupathy claims to be world's first dog emotion visualizer

Retail Today

Commerce Expert: Why Brick-And-Mortar Shopping Can’t Be Replaced

Erin Armendinger, SVP of bio, explains the physical need of customers to experience certain products before buying

Fashion Today

Basquiat-Inspired Fashion Line Supports Emerging Talent

The late artist's estate has collaborated with New York label alice+olivia on a new range of designs

Retail Today

Why Personalization Is The Key To Customer Satisfaction

Andrew Blackmon of The Black Tux shares how the company is using machine-learning models to streamline the fitting process


Conference Built Around Report Launch

Gaming & Play Today

Fidgeting Tools Designed To Help Creative Minds Focus

The DIDGETS Collection helps those who have anxiety or are restlessly moving to focus while they are working

Children Today

Helpful Robot Teaches People Of All Ages How To Code

The Root has coding expertise designed to benefit a wide range of people

Home Today

Sharing Service Connects Directors With Film Locations

Finding affordable places to film can be difficult, so GETset was designed to help creators easily find good locations

No search results found.