The one laptop per Child (OLPC) computer for health clinics in developing countries

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008 Nov 6;2008:192-6.


The 'One Laptop per Child' or XO computer was developed as an education tool for children in developing countries around the world. We wanted to know whether it could also be used to access knowledge sources at the NLM formatted for low bandwidth environments. We report on our experience in using the OLPC computer as a gateway to NLM databases (MEDLINE/PubMed), a virtual slide collection and electronic health records. Based on our experiments, we believe that the OLPC computer can also be a 'One Laptop per Clinic' or a 'One Laptop per Doc' computer.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / instrumentation*
  • Developing Countries*
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure Analysis
  • Humans
  • Information Storage and Retrieval / methods
  • Internet*
  • Microcomputers*
  • PubMed*
  • United States
  • User-Computer Interface*