Emerging trends and opportunities in the African eHealth market

Emerging trends and opportunities in the African eHealth market

The healthcare industry in Africa is being disrupted by new technologies. With access to cutting-edge  technologies, doctors and healthcare practitioners can improve the delivery of care to patients. Technology also empowers patients and communities to take an active role in monitoring and managing their health.

The digital transformation of the healthcare industry is enabling healthcare professionals to reimagine their work and new digital tools allow hospitals to automate repetitive administrative tasks.

According to the World Health Organisation, between 60% and 80% of people in Africa are estimated to be using mobile phones, allowing for the effective use of mHealth and eHealth solutions to save lives, as well as eliminate distance-time barriers.

In Uganda, the government launched mTrac, an SMS-based technology that connects hospitals to the national drug chain.  mTrac works on any mobile platform, broadening the process of data collection by leveraging SMS to simplify the process of reporting through a series of keyword codes and fields.

The Mobile for Reproductive Health (m4RH) solution is an automated, interactive, and on-demand short message service (SMS, or text message) system that provides accurate and globally relevant information on reproductive health in Kenya and Tanzania.  The programme takes advantage of the increasing ubiquity of mobile phones to put contraceptive information directly into the hands of African women and men.

In Ghana, the Mobile Technology for Community Health (MoTeCH) platform is aimed at developing mobile services using mobile technologies for pregnant women, their families and health workers. MOTECH is comprised of two interrelated services. The “Mobile Midwife” application enables pregnant women and their families to receive SMS or pre-recorded voice messages on personal mobile phones that provide time-specific information about their pregnancy each week in their own language (99% have chosen voice).

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The 4th annual Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa will offer a platform for industry leaders to discuss Emerging Trends and Opportunities in the eHealth Market. Scheduled for 17-18 October 2018 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, the two-day event will attract over 300+ hospital CxOs, medical practitioners, healthcare IT leaders, service providers and government functionaries, as well as a carefully selected roster of local and international speakers.

HISA 2018 joins the dots between innovation and practicality, presenting the latest healthcare technologies and showcasing their practical application and integration into existing healthcare infrastructure.

Under the theme “Transforming Healthcare with Technology”, the agenda will cover emerging technology trends in healthcare such as AI, IoT and wearables, electronic health records, healthcare data security and privacy, telemedicine, predictive analytics and much more. It will also look at the impact that these technologies have on hospital operations and healthcare delivery.

Confirmed speakers for HISA 2018

  • Rajeev R. Eashwari, Director: eHealth, Gauteng Department of Health
  • Etienne Dreyer, Associate Director: PwC
  • Leonard Slabbert, CTO: Boehringer Ingelheim, Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Reg Courtenay, Deputy Director: IT Systems in Health, Joburg City
  • Dr Kofi Okyere-Dede, Medical Doctor & “Ideas Guy” for Novitech Digital
  • Mike Perk, CEO at WWC

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Key topics at this HISA 2018 include:

  • Developing a Digitally Enabled Workforce.
  • The Role of Technology in Making NHI a Success.
  • How Practical is Robotic Healthcare Within the African Context?
  • Artificial Intelligence and the Future of African Healthcare.
  • Electronic Health Records: Data Security Risks, Privacy and Regulatory Compliance.
  • Emerging Trends and Opportunities in the eHealth Market.
  • The Role of Big Data and Predictive Analytics in Healthcare.
  • Digitizing and Automating the Distribution and Dispensing of Medication.
  • Measuring the ROI of Digital Healthcare Projects.
  • IoT and Wearables in Healthcare.
  • Assessing the Efficacy of Technology-Enabled Population Health Management Systems.
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How to Participate: 
Join as an attendee: Join local and international hospital CxOs, medical practitioners, healthcare IT leaders, service providers and government functionaries – for two days of top-level content, case studies, live demos, breakaway sessions and plenty of networking opportunities.

Join as a speaker:  Showcase your thought-leadership. Share your insights and experience. Shape solutions to critical business challenges

Join us as an exhibitor: Showcase your health-tech innovations, projects, and solutions. Put your organisation at the centre of this one-of-a-kind gathering. Find new partnerships, investors, leads, and opportunities.

For more information about this conference, visit http://www.healthcareinnovationsummit.co.za/

Staff Writer

 

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