Introduction In resource-limited settings, a lack of trained professionals and testing facilities has halted the implementation of pre-existing screening programmes. SAKHI Manipal is a resource-effective device requiring minimally trained healthcare professionals. The further implementation of SAKHI requires the perspective of its users. Therefore, the study aims to evaluate the acceptability and usability of SAKHI among healthcare providers.
Methods SAKHI Manipal is a secure, portable, standalone mobile-based device equipped with an algorithm based on deep learning to instantaneously analyse and interpret uterine cervix images for the presence of Cervical Intraepithelial Lesions after the application of acetic acid. The research group at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India, developed an Innovative device for resource-constrained settings. The field testing of the device is in progress in the PRESCRIP-TEC (Prevention and Screening Innovation Project Towards Elimination of Cervical Cancer) project as a triage test for HPV Positive women. The 40 healthcare professionals of tertiary hospitals were trained to use the device during the Visual Inspection with acetic acid (VIA) test, and their perspective as users of the SAKHI Manipal device was assessed using System Usability Scale (SUS).
Results Of all device usability survey responses, 32.5% responded device was ‘Excellent’ (SUS score >80.3), 42.5% felt it was ‘Good’ (SUS 68–80.3) and would recommend it further, and 25% stated that the device was ‘Ok’ (SUS 68). Overall,91.9% of the user surveyed agreed that the device is helpful during the VIA procedure.
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