Opportunity AreaHow might we improve data systems for healthcare delivery?
The proposed title of your ideae-MUSAWO NATIONAL PATIENT PORTAL AND TELEMEDICINE SYSTEM
Please describe your idea.a low cost Cloud interactive Telemedicine System and patient portal for improving health services access to remote civilians & health worker
What problem does your idea solve in the market?A shortage of doctors spells inadequate treatment for many in the less equipped centre IIIs and IVs, especially in remote rural areas. Unneccesary referalls have been a burden for regional referall hospitals(poor referall management) ,shortage of medical specialists in rural areas force patients to spend alot on transport fees for follow ups and second opinions, Unsolved cases and misdiagnosis in rural areas,especially for chronic disease patients,medical collaboration and poor health information exchange among professionals because of no clear network,poor Terrain and inaccessible areas
Briefly explain how you identified the need or opportunityIn 2013, a close friend was in a coma for 4weeks and woke up paralyzed from the waist down. Having spent quite a lot in the hospital,the family could not afford to take her abroad for better referral and second opinions. So they tried to communicate with a specialist in South Africa,but their efforts were futile as he kept asking for real time medical data and charts to help him as decision support. It then occured to me that if existent telecommunication facilities were made low bandwidth with unique applications,medical data could be sent flawlessly to specialist doctors and aid in referrals,follow ups,disease management,disease surveillance and second opinions which could save lives
Who are the beneficiaries of your solution and how will they benefit?In terms of health economics,our concept will save the government and citizens money mainly travel costs for chronic disease patients and pregnant mothers. medical collaboration and infomation exchange will lead to fewer unnecessary referrals to hospitals, reduce workload pressures on medics and costs of healthcare in general, while quality healthcare availability improvements made to the population’s health will enable greater contributions to economic development and poverty reduction.
Why are you convinced your solution will solve the problem?with the reluctance of qualified doctors to settle in rural areas,we believe we have a chance to bridge the gap to better quality healthcare access. Majority of diseases not requiring surgery are conducive to eMusawo approaches and collaboration. our low cost approaches can be effective in addressing the remoteness and rural-urban discrepancy in the quality of health care in Uganda and help us take a step towards the achievement of national health targets and health sustainable Development Goals
What other initiatives like yours exist out there? How will you differentiate your solution?Similar intiatives exist in the US And Asia but few on a national scale except in Denmark which has a national patient portal but is limited. But our system is will tailored to be a low bandwidth service accessible to both doctors and patients(free accounts).It later will allow connection to diagnostic tools like ECG,EMG,B.P monitors enabling sophisticated diagnoses to be conducted remotely and second opinions given. If no network connection is available, vital signs/results can be stored on the smartphone until it is in range of a cellular signal, and then uploaded to a patient records system. The system also allows the discussion of clinical cases in two ways :store-and-forward operation, and real time teleconsultation. It will also enable disease surveillance,remote vitals,second opinions forums,disease management services,electronic CME access,patient follow ups,safe health information exchange with providers and be a national medical network as well as a national patient portal
What have you done up-to date to test your idea with potential users? What learnings do you have to share?we carried out an extensive need finding exercise in Bushenyi district with positive results and saw a need for our innovation to be tailored mainly for the health workers. Many were positive on the possibility of electronic referrals and lab information transfer from the CPHL headquaters in butabika. we later launched demo versions of the platform with a prototype telemedicine kit which could act as a mobile hospital connected to eMusawo to prove the concept and were successful in getting attention for the innovation at the ministry of health,UMDPC,Health Monitoring Unit(State House). After positive feedback and some lessons in terms of getting acceptance from medics through sensitization,ease of use,simplification of functions and data security concerns,we are working on rebuilding the product with the shared advise.
How will you financially sustain your business?we believe in a "freemium" model for the basic functions as traffic and use of the platform is our priority with functions like secure PHR functions,appointment scheduling,forums and medical exchange for patients and medics but adding more functions later such later with focus on making money from third parties such as pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, Government entities and sell of bio-data analytics to NGOs,and anonymized health data to biomedical and research companies which is a potential revenue pull of $500,000 annually if you get more than 100,000 users as each health record can sell for $5.Users get basic features at no cost and can access richer functionality for a subscription fees for specialized second opinions and the sales of the later telemedicine kit.the model allows our venture to scale up and attract a user base without expending resources on costly ad campaigns or a traditional sales force and the ability to generate internet traffic and users
Please share a link to a 3 minute online video that best describes your idea and teamN/A
Which members of your team will attend the program full-time?Denis Tumuhaise Kasigazi Emmanuel Lynette Wabwire