Physically and socially isolated rural communities are often disproportionately impacted by health crises (e.g., COVID-19, opioid pandemic, outbreaks of measles). Limited centralized access to reliable information and the power to implement beneficial policies and overextended health workers prevent challenges to policymakers. Improvements in public health communication for rural inhabitants are critical for sharing and receiving accurate information and correcting misconceptions.
To address this need, researchers Dolores Albarracin and colleagues at the University of Illinois Teamed up with Jafton and health departments from Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Jafton, an IT company based in NYC, was awarded a contract to develop a custom app, The GROV (Grid for the Reduction Of Vulnerability; thegrov.org), to help bridge the gap between research and practice. The innovative partnerships’ ultimate goals are to investigate, communicate, and pursue practical health communication and solutions for rural communities.
The GROV app will include the necessary features to increase the social activity of rural inhabitants. More specifically, according to Jafton’s leadership, end-users will have a reliable platform to access health-related posts from social media, which Albarracin and colleagues will curate at the University of Illinois. End-users will have the ability to set-up personal and community goals and check available services and events at nearby locations.
This innovative digital solution will provide a user-friendly interface, smooth navigation features, and quick responsiveness to deliver a positive experience that encourages user engagement.
Jafton’s leadership team, including Sardor Akhemedov, COO, and Bobir Akilkhanov CEO, have a history of several successful large-scale telemedicine projects.
According to Jafton’s COO, Sardor Akhmedov, the cooperation between two parties was successful enough due to the all-round analysis analyses of app requirements and on-time provision of project deliverables by Jafton developers who focused on executing a top-notch app in 2021.
With the efficient and effective allocation of time and resources, Jafton and the University of Illinois ensure to execute and launch this project successfully in 2021.
The company’s CEO, Bobir Akilkhanov, who has been conquering the IT sphere in New York City with his custom software development and IT consultancy company, is very optimistic about the current project, and based on the achievements of his team of almost sixty experts from seven countries, he is sure that GROV app will help the University of Illinois to take a substantial step toward increasing the social activity and reaching community goals.
Concluding from the annual achievements of Jafton with Bobir Akilkhanov and Sardor Akhmedov as leaders, this software development firm becomes one of the top 100 B2B companies in the United States in 2020 according to major American online review platforms, including Clutch. This certainly is one of the crucial recognitions for extraordinary performance by the team during the previous year. In addition to the IT services provided by Jafton, company leaders consult their clients on digital strategy and guide startups through the company development cycle based on the experience they have gained by successfully founding and scaling multiple tech companies.