Digital Health: Healthees Africa launches in Accra

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Healthees Africa, a program that seeks to In quest to identify and celebrate individuals influencing digital health in Africa took place in Accra last Friday.  Several digital health enthusiasts attended the exclusive event that also aims to encourage the application of technology in healthcare.

Promoting digital health in Africa

The program kicked off with a very interesting presentation by Mr. David Hutchful, Director of Technology Innovation at Grameen Foundation. He demonstrated how Grameen’s Mobile Midwife application is helping to curb maternal mortality among pregnant women across Ghana. The Director for Applications and Systems at Ghana’s National Information Technology Agency, Ms. Veronica Boatengthen laid out the country’s eHealth strategy and roadmap. Ms. Mambidzeni Madzivire, Consultant in Health Sector Partnerships at the IFC in Nigeria also spoke about developments in the digital health market in Nigeria.

Recommendations for digital health entrepreneurs

In a discussion on how to promote mHealth and eHealth in Africa, the attendees highlighted lack of adequate IT skills among health staff, poor infrastructure -computers and internet connectivity, and poor standardization of IT systems – as key challenges facing the healthcare market. They encouragedapplication developers to work with healthcare providers to develop solutions that are easy to use and tailored to the African market.

Healthees Africa Winner

Dr. Byrite Asamoah, Co-founder and CEO of Vantage Medical Solutions in Ghana has been chosen out of 13 distinguished nominees shortlisted in a competition dubbed the “Oscars for Healthcare”to represent Africa at the HealthXL Global Gathering that will take place in May this year.

Byrite is the founder and clinical director of the Healthline255, a telehealth service that is improving access to health information and advice for many Ghanaians.

Vantage also launched a Healthline app last year that allows people to ask medical questions via SMS/E-mail and receive answers to them within 24 hours. Byrite will receive a paid return-ticket to Ireland.

Delivering the keynote address at the event, Ms. Enyo Kumahor, the Regional Managing Director of Thoughtworks Africa talked about Thoughtworks’ commitment to using software and technology as agents for social change. She also highlighted some healthcare applications developed by the global giant to improve healthcare access.

Other speakers at the event, which was hosted by Seth Akumani, CEO of ClaimSync included Ms. Clara Pinkrah-Sam, Director of Investments Promotion at the ITES Secretariat of the eGhana Project and Mr. Kwafo Ofori Boateng, Director of Financial Services at IBM whotalked briefly about Watson and IBM’s involvement in Africa.

Notable attendees included Ms. Janine de Nysschen, Investment Consultant at Cardinal Strategies Group, Kelly McCabe of Stellar Group, and Kobby Blay eHealth blogger at Ghana Health Nest.

For more information about Healthees Africa, please go to http://healthxl.co/healthees-africa/ and follow @HealthXL_Africa.

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