10 Startups Competing For Revolutionary Healthcare Prize At Afric@Tech E-Health Challenge
French pharmaceutical company Sanofi has selected 10 startups that will compete in the Afric@Tech e-health challenge, which will identify and reward innovative concepts that are revolutionizing the African healthcare sector.
The startups are from all over the continent, with South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and even Benin represented among the 10 that were selected from a pool of almost 190 businesses that applied to be considered.
The e-health challenge recognizes a number of startups that innovate to improve healthcare across Africa, including an app that allows those in remote rural areas access to world-class ophthalmologists and cardiologists, and an artificial intelligence-enabled platform that supports pregnant women via their mobile phones.
The World Health Organization’s Africa director, Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, explained the importance of tech in the African healthcare sector when she told Reuters: “Integrating technology into Africa’s healthcare systems is key to opening them up faster to the poorest and most vulnerable people.”
Here are the 10 startups competing for French pharmaceutical company Sanofi’s prize at Africa@Tech e-health challenge.
Appenberg Digital Publishing
Appenberg is a South African startup focused on transforming society through IT solutions that are developed with input from industry and communities. Established in November 2014, Appenberg has made it possible for publishers of medical information to make their content available via mobile apps.
Ghanaian startup Bisa is a mobile application that allows users to directly interact with medical practitioners without being physically present at the hospital. So a user will be able to contact a doctor from a remote location through the app, and a potentially life-saving intervention can take place thanks to the app’s functionality, according to Sanofi.
E-health startup GiftedMom was the winner of Seedstars Douala in Cameroon. The medical support platform develops last-mile mobile health solutions geared at increasing maternal engagement in emerging markets through an artificial intelligence-based remote medical platform.
Infomed is an Egyptian digital solution born out of a need to improve the situation surrounding issues with people finding the right doctor to help them. Infomed manages the healthcare needs of individuals instead of a typical family doctor through a set of tools that assist with routine health checks, give access to doctors via a dedicated hotline and manage their electronic medical record.
Benin-based e-health startup Kea Medicals provides an online hospital information system that connects African hospitals via a single database, enabling easier management of patient medical information across borders. A second element of what Kea Medicals does is provide health micro insurance coverage for Africans.
French company Medtrucks is making a positive impact on the healthcare of many Africans thanks to their mobile hospital solution, improving access to healthcare for many people who work and live in remote areas in Morocco, where the company has offices, according to L’Economiste.
Designed with medical practitioners in mind, Otrac is a Nigerian e-learning software on a web platform and mobile application that African doctors and other health practitioners can make use of to further their professional training through numerous online courses. Otrac allows these professionals to complete courses when they are able to, making it convenient to develop their skills.
Sagitarix is the Kenyan healthtech startup behind a mobile health information exchange called iSikCure which let’s users access quality medicine at the most affordable rates thanks to an innovative integration with digital prescriptions from providers.
Revolutionary South African app Vula Mobile provides users with access to specialist doctors, which is incredibly useful with regards to rural areas where specialists are not often available. By uploading images and information via the app, the user receives feedback from specialists, with numerous medical specialities currently on offer, including ophthalmology, cardiology, orthopaedics, burns and HIV, according to Appoftheyear.
Yapili is a pan-African peer-to-peer medical advice platform that is available for free. The platform matches users to licensed doctors who can advise them anonymously and securely, providing expert consultation in medical subjects that range from pregnancy, diabetes, hypertension and HIV, to mental health and general health questions.