The online platform offers easy access to medical care via a mobile app and web portal
In the recent time, information technology (IT) is affecting every part of our daily lives. It has led to many mind-blowing discoveries, in addition to changing how we communicate, transact business, study and access healthcare. There is no doubt that technology is the driving force behind the huge improvements in healthcare across the world. In addition to the implementation of modern technology in hospitals, the development of telemedicine platforms has changed how people access treatment. Today, people can get medical care at the touch of a button.
One such platform is Doctor 4 Africa, an online health care web portal and mHealth app for all medical requirements in the 54 countries of Africa. “We would like to deliver convenient, affordable and reliable health care through a simplified delivery network,” says George V, Founder, Doctor 4 Africa. The app enables clinical consultations and provides medical information to help individuals take better control of their health.
George shares that the healthcare web portal was introduced on the realization that more than 50 percent of the African population has limited or no access to necessary healthcare facilities. “It is therefore not easy for them to find a doctor, hospital, ambulance or blood donor in an emergency nearby their location.”
He also offers that death of children and disability is also on the rise since families are uninformed or misinformed about when and why to bring their children for immunization.
Furthermore, Africa currently has 24 percent of the world’s burden of disease.
Doctor 4 Africa offers a range of services including ambulance, Blood Bank, Diaspora Packages, doctors’ internships and jobs, home care hospitals, medical insurance, labs, pharmacy and vaccination.
How it works
Health care providers are required to register on the portal with all the necessary information. All doctors and medical services providers are verified to ensure that only authentic doctors are registered on the platform. On the other hand, individuals in need of any health care requirement in any of the African countries are required to log in to the website or the mHealth app and find the necessary health care provider.
Doctor 4 Africa targets all people seeking health care. It is affordable since it is free for all users.
Awards and recognition
“Doctor 4 Africa was one of the start-ups selected to pitch at the 2018 Seedstars Summit in Switzerland,” says George. Seedstars selects startups from across the world that impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship.
It also participated in the Salamanca start-up fair in Spain that took place in April this year. Dubbed as Startup Olé, it is now a benchmark event for the European and international tech entrepreneurial ecosystem. The fair is supported by the European Commission, Startup Europe, University of Salamanca and Marca España.
This tech event is now one of the most important in Spain and Europe, thanks to the presence of 10.000 attendees, 500 startups, 150+ corporations and institutions, 70 accelerators, 30+ media outlets, 20 universities and 80+ investors with an Investment portfolio of over € 10 K million.
“We believe our selection to the international fairs was contributed by the fact that there is an urgent necessity for healthcare in Africa and we are providing the necessary platform for the same,” notes George.
In addition, Doctor 4 Africa has created strategic partnerships with health departments in African countries. “We have also brought investors on board, and we are currently developing health records using block chain technology”.
There is no doubt that e-health platforms are transforming Kenya’s health sector. “They are very important not just for Kenya, but for all African countries since health is the most important priority for a healthy society and development of the country,” he concludes.