Kenyan HealthTech Startup Afya Rekod Launching AI Patient-Driven Data Platform in Support of Global Efforts to curb Corona Pandemic!
- The AI and Blockchain powered platform aim to capture real time users’/patients’ health data.
- Drive connectivity and engagement between patients, doctors and other health care providers.
- The company is sprinting to launch 4 months ahead of original launch plans.
Nairobi, Kenya: 18thy March 2020:Kenyan health tech startup Afya Rekod is sprinting to launch its AI and Blockchain built consumer driven health data platform amidst the coronavirus pandemic in support of global efforts to curb th disease by providing a portal for people across the world to store their health data in real time, with a special focus on Covid 19.
This advanced system built to help users store their own health data, access health information and connect to health service providers was set to launch at the end of July 2020.
The Founder and CEO of Afya Rekod John Kamara said “Afya Rekod is a medical data storage platform that allows patients to store their health records, the medication they take as well as keep journals of their statuses and that of their kids and families. The platform is AI driven and uses various AI modules to help detect abnormalities and early outbreaks via timely data analytics.”
“Africa and most of the third world countries have limited doctors and access to health care services. Lack of patient data in real time makes the problem even more damaging to both patients and health service providers across the continent. Over 65% of Africans live in rural communities that are not connected and are off grid in terms of access to health care services. This is the problem we are trying to solve”. Explained Kamara.
However, the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic has shown the world once again that centralized health management systems that rely solely on people walking into a health facility are not sufficient. The world also needs decentralized systems that enable people to update their own records, anytime, anywhere, in any format.
One of the critical issues affecting the world during emergencies like this includes inefficiency that leads to untimely deaths, limited access to health care services and delayed responses among other things. “We are fast tracking to launch the platform 4 months ahead of its time to enable the world to capture real time data that will hit map areas where the Corona pandemic is growing and monitor how it is growing by collecting user generated information from millions of users across multiple geographic locations to allow for sufficient analysis in support of the global efforts to curb the disease.”
“Afya Rekod comes at a crucial time when the world is experiencing one of the biggest pandemics of its generation and we need to monitor the evolution of the virus very closely to determine the changing nature of symptoms, provide for real time consultations to support patients and especially people in quarantine and isolation and have access to timely, elevant and valid information about the disease from the population.” further stated Kamara.
To enable Afya Rekod to achieve its objective to launch during this sensitive time the company has opened a GoFundMe account to mobilize funds that will support its accelerated plans.
The growing digitization of health care at a time when the world is required to isolate provides an unprecedented opportunity for the world to come together and unite in efforts.
Afya Rekod secured its seed funding in October 2019 from an American doctor specialized in working across Africa running frontline health interventions.
The platform presents a unique capability of addressing critical emerging health needs as it has a differentiated product that is centered around the most important entity in a health equation, an individual/a patient, it has an experienced team and a rapidly growing opportunity to provide an AI engine that solves and help the world prevent the spread of future global pandemics like Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19).