Physician Practice

"Clinic in a box" brings healthcare in a hurry

Medical Environment Update, July 1, 2019

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Researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) have created a mobile healthcare clinic that may someday be used as part of a hospital’s emergency plans, as well as backup for connected medical clinics.

The new concept, built from used shipping containers found ubiquitously throughout the world, is a 40-foot-long by 22-foot-wide healthcare clinic that could provide pop-up healthcare in off-the-grid locations worldwide, as well as stateside during natural disasters.

Funded by a $2 million military research grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), the mobile clinic is designed to be totally self-sufficient in delivering water, power, and medical care to remote areas. To do this, it’s been outfitted with solar panels, battery storage, and a backup generator as well as a water purification system, which can clean about 1,200 gallons of water an hour.

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