A new start-up digital healthcare company is changing the healthcare narrative for developing countries by capitalizing on the internet & mobile phone revolution.
Mobihealth International is positioning to revolutionise access to quality healthcare services in Africa through its One-stop platform - the first of its kind in Africa - for people to access immediate medical help anytime, anywhere from a mobile phone. Mobihealth is building a global database of 100k Medical experts licensed to practice in the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, Africa, UAE, Asia and other carefully selected countries of the world who will consult with patients through its robust telemedicine and EHR platform. The video platform is suitable for all bandwidths.
Mobihealth offers video consultation to patients from the comfort of their home, anywhere, anytime, free medicines, investigations, hospital referrals as well as the cost of hospital treatment through a subscription plan that requires no co-pay or further out of pocket payment. Over time, services will include home health visits by trained professionals, home delivery of medications, messaging services to confirm appointment bookings for laboratory tests, hospital referrals or pick up of medication at a pharmacy nearest to the patient.
In a continent of over one billion people with more than 95% having no form of health insurance, telemedicine is the choice of the future and a growing sector. Innovative remote monitoring software/devices are also to be used by Mobihealth physicians to aid in diagnosing patient problems.
Ahead of the launch of Mobihealth, a discussion was held during a visit to HE Ambassador Adesola Oguntade at the Nigerian High Commission on January 31st 2018. Mobihealth Founder and CEO, Dr Funmi Adewara a NHS Physician and Cambridge Trained Bioscience Entrepreneur said ‘’It is untenable for Africa to continue to lose millions of lives to preventable causes when digital revolution bodes well for the adoption of telemedicine. Our vision is an African continent that is self-sufficient with low-disease burden and healthier citizenry’’. Our niche is ensuring that our patients can access quality healthcare when they need it and in the most cost effective and time efficient manner. Affordability remains a huge barrier to access and on their own, many may not be able to access these medical experts, but our shared risk model enables this to become a reality. It will allow doctors to work from home and at times most suitable for them. Ultimately it is a win-win situation for all.
Chief Business Development Officer Dr Amit Sra, a medical doctor with over a decade of NHS experience having worked in elite institutions such as St Thomas' London and the Medical Director of a private medical institute in Harley Street, London, said this platform allows a complete continuum of care through telemedicine, connecting people in developing countries to our global database of medical experts 24/7, 365 days of the year from the comfort of their home, offices or schools. In a highly digitalized world, there is no sector where connectivity is more needed than healthcare. We aim to reduce traffic to healthcare facilities, improve time to diagnosis and treatment and reduce the pressure on healthcare infrastructures. We provide prescription services, order and book investigations and send email/sms confirmation of appointments to patients. Patients who need hospital referrals will be referred to medical experts at a suitable location for further evaluation and with treatment through an annual subscription plan, no further payment is needed - this is a game changer!
Our vision is to expand into Asia and the Middle East. Our model is highly scalable and replicable in many other countries said Mr Gary Borland, Mobihealth’s Chief Operating Officer, a former Managing Director of two large, complex services businesses, an RAF pilot and Senior Strategy and Leadership Consultant who has a considerable breadth of diverse international experience across military, government, private and charitable sectors
Following a successful launch of the Mobihealth’s Patient and Doctors apps on Play store, App store and Apple watch last week and a live demonstration for the Nigerian High Commissioner and his team on 27th Feb 2018, Mobihealth’s platform has been endorsed and recommended as a major step towards resolving many of the challenges of the African healthcare market. The demonstration showed the incredible potential for reducing the strain on the healthcare sector and reaching those unable to access medical help.
Dr Funmi Adewara stated “ Mobihealth is the e-Health platform that Africans require and has already received approaches from other African nations to implement into their healthcare structures”.