Opportunity AreaHow might we improve data systems for healthcare delivery?
The proposed title of your ideaAmagara – Improving Surgery Checklists To Save Lives.
Please describe your idea.A web-based platform that helps doctors and clinicians comply with surgery procedures and conduct safer surgeries.
What problem does your idea solve in the market?Many types of surgeries are carried out in Uganda including reproductive health surgeries like caesarean sections and others. Unfortunately, many of the patients experience infections and illnesses after surgery due to the occurrence of improper procedures. One of the major solutions to this is using checklists. However, these checklists are paper based. The use of paper-based checklists for surgery safety and compliance has many disadvantages that lead to reduced efficiency, increased doctors’ burdens, reduced safety of patients and decreased quality of quality of care.
Briefly explain how you identified the need or opportunityGrowing up, I was always curious. Always inquiring exactly how certain things were done. Up to a point where I engaged nurses in a conversation about surgery. During this, I first learnt about surgical checklists; their tremendous values and shortcomings. This piqued my curiosity. And thus begun the journey into increasing the efficiency of checklists.
Who are the beneficiaries of your solution and how will they benefit?Beneficiaries of this solution are people who undergo reproductive surgeries like caesarean section deliveries. This solution (Amagara) will greatly improve the care given to them and increase the chances of saving their lives by preventing complications. Other beneficiaries are surgeons. This solution will greatly improve their efficiency.
Why are you convinced your solution will solve the problem?In a study, a total of 282 operations were performed and checklists were utilized in 39.7 % (112/282) of cases. The main reasons cited for non-usage were lack of previous training (45.1 %) and lack of cooperation among surgical team members (21.6 %). Our Solution(Amagara) eliminates these problems since it is a digital solution that is easy to use and will therefore increase compliance rates by at least 50% thus increasing the probability of safer surgeries.
What other initiatives like yours exist out there? How will you differentiate your solution?Surpass checklist and ImageXpres are initiatives similar to ours. None of these are used in Uganda. We will therefore customize our solutions to meet Ugandan hospitals” needs. For example, hospitals that do not have digital devices to run Amagara will not only be given software but hardware as well. This hardware will be solar rechargeable for regions that cannot easily access power.
What have you done up-to date to test your idea with potential users? What learnings do you have to share?
How will you financially sustain your business?We will charge a Affordable one-time fee to download “Amagara”, that is, for initial purchase. We will use the “freemium” model to gain more revenue as our customers upgrade to more features. In order to keep the price of the platform affordable, we hope to partner with NGOs to help us distribute this tool to low-resource facilities.
Please share a link to a 3 minute online video that best describes your idea and teamN/A
Please tell us about each founder and their roles on the team. How do you know your founders and how long have you worked together?Julius Kyomya – A student of clinical medicine at Mbarara University. His major role is to research and ensure Amagara’s content will produce positive impact to all its beneficiaries. Komukama Nathipher – A student of Computer Engineering at Makerere University. Her major role is the development of Amagara’s software. Kyohairwe Doreen – A student of Business at Mbarara University. Her major role is the business aspect of Amagara, that is, creating value and earning revenue.
Please tell us about other team members that are not cofounders.
Which members of your team will attend the program full-time?Kyomya Julius Komukama Nathipher