Opportunity AreaHow might we improve data systems for healthcare delivery?
The proposed title of your ideaHealth Data Harvester (HDH)
Please describe your idea.We are offering a web based platform/mobile app that will digitize the process of patient data collection by community outreach health teams
What problem does your idea solve in the market?The community outreach program is a vital part of our healthcare system yet the biggest challenge faced is the lack of a proper patient data collection and storage infrastructure. This in turn hinders proper planning by the health facility and the ministry of health because most of the information is either inaccurate or lost. Currently, the medical teams that conduct medical outreach in the community record patient information in large books which are sometimes lost. This loss of data makes it difficult for the hospital and government to plan accurately maternal care drugs and equipment.
Briefly explain how you identified the need or opportunityWe conducted our case study on Mengo Hospital where we had an opportunity to accompany the community outreach team into the field. During our initial visit, we did not go with the idea of the health data harvester in mind. We went with the intention of finding what challenges were facing our health care system and how we could use technology to rectify them. We engaged with the community outreach team, observed, assisted where we could and chatted with them. During this time we discovered that they had to carry a suitcase of big books with them to the field where they had to record all patient information because it is required by the ministry of health for planning purposes, a tedious task.
Who are the beneficiaries of your solution and how will they benefit?Health care providers who conduct health camps away from the hospital. They will have the data collection process simplified since they will only need to enter the patient information in their mobile devices and not have to later type it into the hospital database. Decision makers i.e. Hospital administration and ministry of health They will have access to accurate real-time information about the patients seen during the health camps and this will make planning and drug accountability easier.
Why are you convinced your solution will solve the problem?The HDH will solve the problem because it will greatly reduce the manual work done by the health professionals and also provide accurate information to decision makers by overcoming the ancient problem of bad handwriting, the biggest cause of inaccurate patient records. Since the patient data is stored on servers and backed up, it will not be lost as compared to storing it in books that can get damaged by water or fire. This patient information will therefore be made available for planning.
What other initiatives like yours exist out there? How will you differentiate your solution?Clinic master is a patient data collection platform but what differentiates our solution from it is that the HDH is a mobile platform. It is not confined within the hospital but can be used by teams who go out of the hospital to collect patient information. The HDH is also unique because it can work offline and therefore can be used in areas where there is no access to the internet. We would like to partner with clinic master such that the information collected by the outreach teams can be easily transferred directly into clinic master in hospitals where it is being used as the main hospital patient database. We would like the two systems to synchronize.
What have you done up-to date to test your idea with potential users? What learnings do you have to share?After developing the HDH we went back and visited the Mengo Hospital community outreach team and presented the solution to them, they were receptive of the app and agreed that it would make their work much easier in regards to collecting and storing patient data. They also expressed the concern that they would require some training to use the platform and we decided that this would be part of our implementation plan.
How will you financially sustain your business?We shall first of all make money from selling the app to hospitals, health facilities and organisations that facilitate health camps. We will charge them an extra fee for additional features that they may need on the app like report generation and increases number of user accounts. We will charge the hospitals an annual fee for hosting and backing up the patient data. We will charge all this facilities a subscription fee for each user they add.
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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?Jacqueline Mutumba, Team Lead, holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial chemistry and an advanced certificate in applied ICT in health and leadership. She is equipped with skills in project management, idea conceptualization, communication, design thinking, presentation and stakeholder engagement. She is also a Young African Leaders Intiative (YALI) fellow. Aidah Bukubuza, Marketing, is a tech entrepreneur with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and an advanced certificate in applied ICT in heath and leadership. She is a founding director of Aydia Technology consults, a company aimed at empowering youth in ICT skills and health awareness. Obed Mogeni, Lead Developer, holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, an advanced certificate in applied ICT in health and an Oracle certification. He is skilled in systems and software development, programming, systems design and ERP development. He is the founder and C.E.O of Infoclan Limited, a technology solutions company.
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Which members of your team will attend the program full-time?Jacqueline Mutumba Aidah Bukubuza Obed Mogeni