Helium Well being: Digitalizing Africa’s Healthcare Sector

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Well being care is essential, however well being techniques have by no means been examined throughout the Covid-19 outbreak. The outcomes have been disastrous, however nonetheless revealed a niche that wanted to be reviewed.

That is particularly for Africa. Continents with weak well being techniques are acknowledged worldwide. International assist recipients.

In response to Weforum’s report, Africa’s well being sector represents an enormous funding alternative, estimated by the United Nations Financial Fee for Africa to be price $66 billion per 12 months.

However African leaders and donors proceed to debate Africa’s well being care system by way of funding gaps. This requires quick motion from each quarter to revitalize the sector by means of reasonably priced and dependable well being care.

Helium Well being is on a mission to speed up the transformation of Africa’s healthcare sector with expertise and data-driven techniques that allow extra environment friendly and reasonably priced care for everybody.

Launched in 2016, Helium Well being is the biggest supplier of Digital Medical Information (EMR) and Hospital Administration Info (HMI) techniques with operations in West Africa and has since expanded throughout Africa.

In Could 2020, Nigerian startups closed a US$10 million Sequence A funding spherical.

Greater than 300 well being care suppliers and 5,000 well being care professionals in Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana presently use Helium Well being’s expertise.

The startup was based by three entrepreneurs, Adegoke Olobusi, Tito Ovia and Dimeji Sofowora, with a shared ardour for utilizing expertise to unravel sensible issues recognized in Nigeria’s well being sector.

Helium Well being is uniquely positioned as an African supplier that understands that digitizing healthcare knowledge within the healthcare setting can clear up quite a few challenges alongside the healthcare worth chain.

In June 2021, Well being Know-how App introduced the launch of a full suite of services and products in Kenya by working carefully with these on the entrance traces and constructing the essential well being infrastructure they want.

Tepes Inc editor Brian Yatich spoke with Jean Kyula, Kenya’s Helium Well being nation supervisor, to share insights on the corporate’s technique for development in Kenya, a expertise hub in East Africa.

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Since beginning a enterprise in Kenya. How is the reception? Are Kenyans embracing this service? Let’s check out a number of the recorded milestones.

We’re very proud of the welcome we now have obtained since we began working. You actually need the service we offer. Now we have contracted with three strategic companions which are well-known and business leaders within the area, together with Philips Healthcare Applied sciences Restricted and Savannah Informatics.

Constructing these key partnerships will assist us higher serve Kenyans. We’re additionally beginning to deploy to our amenities throughout East Africa, and amenities outdoors Kenya present the demand for a platform like ours.

How can expertise be used to enhance healthcare? And why is integrating expertise into the financial system so essential?

We should be cautious to not view expertise because the silver bullet that solutions all our questions. On the coronary heart of it are sufferers, actual folks, and we care deeply.

We need to make care extra reasonably priced and high quality care at each step by giving them entry to care at any time when and wherever they want it.

We determined to make use of expertise for this. The worth of integrating expertise into the financial system is realized in seen financial development. The ability of expertise has allowed us to increase to new markets remotely and shortly.

By launching into this new market, we imagine in creating jobs and empowering native expertise.

How was the service in Korea? And the way do you make sure that the corporate is sustainable because it grows? What extra must you anticipate out of your long-term outlook?

Now we have labored with a number of healthcare suppliers who’ve supplied nice suggestions on their merchandise. We’re within the strategy of customizing some options for our clients as we proceed to increase throughout areas.

There’s one thing for everybody at Helium right here, permitting us to work with each small amenities and enormous enterprise options.

We’ll be releasing a number of the different options quickly, so keep tuned! We proceed to enhance our companies to sufferers and the final inhabitants whereas integrating with different suppliers within the ecosystem, and we’re excited concerning the future merchandise we envision.

Information safety is an more and more essential concern. How are EMR answer suppliers such as you altering their methods, reminiscent of knowledge assortment, storage and transmission?

Helium Well being takes the accountability of defending your knowledge very severely. Now we have a complete crew devoted to processing and processing knowledge in accordance with the legal guidelines and world pointers of the international locations through which we function. Because of this we’re frequently up to date as knowledge safety legal guidelines change.

The well being expertise business could be very dynamic and we should adapt to those adjustments.

We’re one of many few stewards of digital well being knowledge on the continent, and it is a position we don’t take calmly. We’re accountable and respectful of knowledge privateness.

Information entrusted to us is processed and saved with bank-grade safety and complies with the information laws and world requirements of the international locations through which we function.

What are your prospects for Helium Well being over the following 5 years?

We plan to proceed growing deeper and wider throughout Africa and Rising Markets.

As Kenya is likely one of the international locations on the peak of expertise adoption throughout the continent, I believe Kenya is essential to our technique.

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