GE Healthcare and Kenya startup Afya Rekod say they have teamed up to offer healthtech services in three African markets, including Nigeria.
Following the deal with GE Healthcare, Afya Rekod, which was founded in Kenya in 2019, and operates in Nigeria, Kenya, and other markets, hopes to transform care delivery through improved access to personal health data in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.
“The partnership will give patients an accessible record of their own health history, including radiological images, by enabling hospitals and diagnostic centers to host health records securely on one platform through a digital application”, the firms say.
John Kamara, Afya Rekod CEO says that “we want families to have access to their medical records virtually and access them any time, in a matter of seconds. The partnership with GE will allow for a seamless flow of data from the equipment directly to the app and into patients’ hands. The app will also allow clinicians to view data and share with other experts, enabling them to make better-informed diagnoses and decisions.
Under the partnership, he adds, patients and clinicians will have access to data and generate clinical, operational, and financial insights that provide them with a more holistic view of the patient.
This is, Afya says, is a patient-driven platform that puts them at the core of all services. “They can capture, store, access and own their health records, which has multiple benefits including reducing the cost of repeating medical tests.”
According to Kamara, “both 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. To protect confidentiality, Afya Rekod uses various AI and blockchain modules, and the patient maintains the sovereign right of ownership to their health data.”