The Afya Network is an electronic medical records system that will revolutionize medical service delivery in Africa. It will use data collection technology and cloud-based storage and analysis to deliver quality health data in real time to health clinic owners, government institutions and disease control organizations. We will replace standard doctor's office clipboard with tablets running our app at major medical facilities throughout East Africa.
http://afya.net will serve a HTML5-based web app that will run on devices with internet access. It will be an interactive app that will be used for patient intake and will increase patient engagement and data accuracy to help healthcare organizations collect more accurate data and fast.
We will address the long period of time it takes between patients reporting their symptoms at medical centers and the identification of negative health trends of a location by officials and policy-makers with the skills to address outbreaks.
It takes days, weeks and months before data moves from the patient to the health clinic to officials and policy-makers from around the world who can to identify spikes in negative health symptoms in a location and deploy resources to address the concern. But with our app, all this can be done within minutes or hours.
Timothy Mwirabua - Web Applications Developer, Designer and Entrepreneur.
Founder at TheDevs.org.
Top award winner in Web and Mobile App Development competitions at Kenya Methodist University in 2012 and 2013
We will start with a web app then port it cross-platform in later stages. The patient will submit data securely and privately to their doctor and to our database which will aggregate the data for immediate use by public health officials around the globe.
We will have a cloud-based big data analysis system that will be hooked to these devices. Data will be analyzed real-time and graphed on a web portal. We will omit the patient information and ensure the data is ambiguous for privacy reasons. We may offer an API that other organizations can tap into in later stages.
In addition, the app will assist the physician to keep patient records and receive and account for payments. An electronic payment system will be integrated in later stages. Our goal is to create the market leading method for patient in-take at health facilities throughout Kenya, then East Africa and the rest of Africa.
The problem we are trying to solve with our product:
We will address the long period of time it takes between patients reporting their symptoms at medical centers and the identification of negative health trends of a location by officials and policy-makers with the skills to address outbreaks. Imagine today that, on an average morning, a total of 10 residents of Mathare go to health clinics with rapid heart rate, low blood pressure and dry mucous, the typical cholera symptoms. It takes days, weeks and months before data moves from the patient to the health clinic to the Ministry of Health to global governments and organizations like the World Health Organization in Geneva and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. During those weeks innocent Mathare residents contract cholera unnecessarily. Lives are lost by the time data is collected and aggregated on the right desk in the right office, for epidemiologists and the world's leading health experts to declare an outbreak and for health officials to deploy curative resources. With our app, patient will be able to report their symptoms to their physicians more accurately. This location-sensitive health data will be analyzed in the cloud near-real-time. Officials and policy-makers from around the world will be able to identify the spikes in negative health symptoms from a location and they will be able to deploy resources immediately in order to address the health concern. And they can do all of this within minutes or hours.
How we are trying to solve the above stated problem:
We are trying to solve the problem with simplicity. Our app provides a means for patient to communicate directly to public health officials around the world and eliminates the noise to the data added by doctors and hospitals. Today when 6 different patients in a single health facility report upper respiratory pain, maybe the doctor's office or the hospital only report 4 or 5 such patients. Why? Because data gets lost in translation. Because the office may be disorganized or over-whelmed with paperwork. Or maybe because the doctor has some incentive to see fewer patients with upper respiratory problems. Our app should nearly eliminate noise from the data. We plan to make the app more fun, interactive and friendlier than talking to a doctor to fill out a doctor's form. The app designed to be handed to and used by patients with low level literacy and technology literacy to fill the data at their comfort and privacy. That is how we plan to improve health data accuracy.
Patients provide data that is immediately aggregated and analysed in the cloud and published real time to public health experts globally. In the long run we plan to scale the application by using big data analysis algorithms and supercomputers in the cloud, probably Amazon Web Services Elastic Cloud Compute and Elastic MapReduce features.
Prototype: Currently in development
Difference from competitors:
Based on our research, all of our competitors are operating in the developed world. Tonic Health in CA, has been testing principles of video gaming and consumer marketing on an iPad app to increase patient engagement and data accuracy to help healthcare organizations collect better data from patients. http://goo.gl/4bqRH4 PhreesiaPad in New York, also replaces a standard doctor's office clipboard http://goo.gl/Lx6O3e And none has successfully penetrated the developed world markets. None has indicated any desire or illustrated any ability to execute within East Africa.
Initial target market
Our initial market is Nairobi. We are conducting our market survey now, but we believe approximately 80% of patients go to one of about 50 different health facilities in Nairobi. Our initial goal is to penetrate those 50 different facilities.In addition, because the major beneficiary will be leading public health researchers and policy-makers, we also will market the product to leading foreign governmental, inter-governmental, regional and national institutions and organizations.
Current source of funding: Founders, friends and family
We have defined the minimally viable product and are ready to execute. This innovation will both create new efficiencies and save lives.
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