KENYA — The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) has partnered with Smart Applications International Group to introduce Biometric Smart Access Technology in a groundbreaking move toward modernizing healthcare access.

This innovation empowers CA staff to utilize Virtual Medical Cards at designated local hospitals, marking a significant step in Kenya’s e-health initiatives.

CA Director General, Ezra Chiloba, emphasizes the importance of this move, stating that it aligns with broader government initiatives to modernize healthcare access in the country.

The adoption of Smart Biometric Smart Access Technology is poised to enhance the employee experience within CA while enabling real-time monitoring of the scheme’s performance.

This inclusive technology caters to both smartphone and feature phone users, acknowledging the high mobile phone penetration in Kenya, which stands at an impressive 124.5%, according to CA.

By utilizing a Member Virtual Card on the Smart Access App or simply dialing USSD Code *891#, CA staff can seamlessly access medical services.

Smart Applications International Group has been at the forefront of providing biometric smart cards to clients, serving as a mode of identification for accessing medical services across 6,000 healthcare facilities in Africa.

As mobile technology gains global prominence, the transition from physical biometric smart cards to virtual access through Smart Access comes at an opportune moment.

Harrison Muiru, Managing Director of Smart Applications International Group, acknowledges the government’s commitment to scaling up e-health.

He underscores the patient-centered nature of the Smart Access App Platform, which streamlines family design, facilitates remote hospital visits, accommodates multiple medical covers, and helps users find their nearest health provider based on their specific medical needs.

The Government of Kenya’s drive for digitization across various sectors has created fertile ground for public-private sector collaboration.

Smart Applications International is actively engaged with government entities in advancing digitization across 11 African markets and the Islands.

The biometrics market in Africa and the Middle East is on an upward trajectory, with an annual growth rate of 21%.

Globally, the biometrics industry is projected to reach a staggering US$82 billion by 2027, as per the “Biometrics – Global Market Trajectory & Analytics 2020” report by Global Industry Analysts.

Kenya is exploring biometric technology beyond government applications, with initiatives like ‘Robodocs,’ a partnership between Mission Excellence Global Service Ltd and Indian start-up Invento Robotics.

These machines create remote connections to doctors and gather patient data, including temperature readings and pulse rates, using facial recognition to establish unique patient records.

In another noteworthy development, Kenya’s Smart Applications International Group reaffirmed its commitment to social responsibility by donating KES 350,000 (US$ 2,390) to support the Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital Foundation Annual Cancer Walk.

This generous contribution underscores Smart Applications’ dedication to making a positive impact in the community.

Through its Corporate Social Investment arm, known as Smart Touch of Gold, the company actively supports various community initiatives addressing a wide range of needs.

The recent focus was on raising awareness about pediatric cancers and gathering resources to combat cancer effectively during the annual event that took place on May 21st at Gertrude Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

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