KENYA – Kenyan healthtech startup Afya Rekod has linked up with United Kingdom-based Medi-science International Limited to transform healthcare delivery through improved access to personal health data in Africa and Europe.
Recently, AfyaRekod introduced an automated Universal Patient Portal integrating blockchain technology that will track healthcare data to help bridge the gap between health care and treatment for patients, medical professionals, providers and organizations.
The subscription-driven Universal Patient Portal is a blockchain-driven, consolidated and mobile data health passport that allows patients consistent access to their health-records as well as access to a marketplace of various health services within the ecosystem in real-time.
CEO Afya Rekod John Kamara said the startup wants families to have access to their medical records virtually and access them any time, noting that the partnership with Medi-science International Limited will allow for a seamless flow of data between the patient and doctors.
In our collaboration with Afya Rekod, we will work on data accessibility to help create insights for better, more targeted, more individualized patient care.
Under the deal, the patient-driven platform will ensure that patients and clinicians will be able to access imaging files and test results through an app on their phones or browser without having to go back to the health clinic to collect the files.
The strategic collaboration puts patients at the core of all healthcare services to ensure they can capture, store, access and own their health records which has multiple benefits including reducing the cost of repeating medical tests.
The partnership between Afya Rekod and Medi-Science will give patients an accessible record of their own health history, by enabling patients, doctors and hospitals to host health records securely on one platform through a digital application.
“Decentralization signifies the modification or change of our current Healthcare Systems. Our current Healthcare Systems have standard normalized processes and procedures,” Afya Rekod said in a statement.
Afya Rekod explained that patients have to wait weeks to see a doctor since some do not have the insurance or the financial resources to pay for a medical professional’s treatment while others cannot afford prescriptions or are given drugs that make them become dependent on the drug.
“To protect confidentiality, Afya Rekod uses various AI and blockchain modules, and the patient maintains the sovereign right of ownership to their health data,” the Kenyan-based startup highlighted.
In addition, Afya Rekod allows clinicians to view data and share with other experts enabling them to make better informed diagnoses and decisions.
The online platform also provides an efficient proximity between doctors and patients thereby diminishing long-line waiting times for consultations between physicians and patients.
“At Medi-science International Limited we are working along with the current Healthcare Systems while at the same time decentralizing their conventional formalities to generate the most efficient, effective and economical standards of care,” reaffirmed Sunny Ahonsi, CEO Medi-science International Limited.
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