Tales Gomes is a social impact entrepreneur born in Brazil and educated in Marketing and Project management in the USA thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, a grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to International students.
He is the co-founder of Plataforma Saúde, a social impact business located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that usesmobile technologies to provide high quality healthcare for underserved communities with limited or no access to basic healthcare.
Currently with 500 users, the main service consists of a set of examsthat identify the degree of risk of Chronic Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) - the majorcause of death in this population. According to the World Health Organization, the four main types of noncommunicable diseases are cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes. The result of the exams is delivered to the user at the end of process, which takes only 20 minutes.
Plataforma Saúde started at a Startup Weekend Rio Favela, the first one of this kind held at a slum in the world where it was awarded the first prize, sponsored by Google for Entreprenuers. Plataforma Saúde was selected by two accelerator programs: Endeavor and Estacio de Sá University. Early September 2014, it was also selected as one of the organizations to receive a R$200 thousand reais grant from the Brazil Government program called Startup Brazil.
Thestartup’s methodology is color-based and easy to interpret, and has been designed in collaboration with physicians, nurses andpublic health experts. It is an innovative approach to healthcare worldwide.