Adriana Mallet Toueg is an interventional physician with multidisciplinary training. She worked from 2013 to 2020 at public medical emergency service Samu and created 192 Smart, an app that detects car crashes, makes automatic calls to local emergency services and maps risk areas. Since 2013, she leads the NGO SAS Brasil and strives to make access to public healthcare broader, fairer and more accessible. In a country where 65 million people live in cities with less than one doctor per thousand inhabitants, SAS Brasil provides access to specialized healthcare in 320 cities and 21 states, with volunteer professionals and state-ofthe- art technology. The NGO pioneered the use of telemedicine for cancer patients in 2019 and, with the approval of the model by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, perfected the platform and took it to impoverished neighbourhoods, offering remote monitoring against COVID-19. More than 40,000 were served. To achieve this, in 10 days it structured a platform for online medical and psychological care, with screening and scheduling through WhatsApp. It also installed self-sterilizing telemedicine booths in communities, with a disinfection system, devices that measure vital signs, electronic medical records and a prescription printer. It created the Unidade de Telemedicina Avançada (Advanced Telemedicine Unit), a travelling unit for gynecological, dermatological, ophthalmological and dental care. SAS Brasil leaves a post-pandemic legacy of a complete path for digital inclusion in health.
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SAS Brasil is a non-profit and itinerant Brazilian social organization that believes in technology and invests in health innovation. It brings specialized and quality healthcare, with amusement, to those who need them most, on short and high-impact expeditions that travel all the way to poor municipalities, leaving a positive and lasting legacy among local populations.