Opportunity AreaHow might we improve demand and access to essential maternal health medicines & supplies in Uganda??
The proposed title of your ideaSauti Uganda
Please describe your idea.A Patient Engagement platform for Health Care providers and Stake Holders to collect feedback and share health advise using IVR.
What problem does your idea solve in the market?Poor Quality health care arising from inefficient Communication mechanisms between Health Care Providers and Communities.
Briefly explain how you identified the need or opportunityThere has been an explosive adoption of mobile phone Technology in solving challenges in health sector, from service delivery, management, data collection and information sharing. Unfortunately the existing solutions have had quite an insignificant impact because they can only function on particular devices running specialized kind of software. Also less or even no involvement of patients in the decisions towards health reforms has stunted the usefulness and scalability of these existing solutions. There’s a need to expand the reach of these solutions, while involving the patients in the process if quality health care is to be achieved.
Who are the beneficiaries of your solution and how will they benefit?Health Care Providers: Will be able to reach out to a relatively big number of patients to understand their needs (environmental and physical), and share health advise in order to improve the quality of their services. Regulators like the Ministry of Health and National Medical stores: Will have reliable access to the public for purposes of monitoring, quality assurance and accountability. Patients: They will have fast access to health advice and communicate their preferences in health care.
Why are you convinced your solution will solve the problem?Patients and health service providers we have interacted with have shown the need for an engagement platform that ensures participation of everyone, illiterate and elite, Tech-Savvy and non tech-savvy; and at a low cost. Our IVR surveys provide the most efficient way to do this. We enable this by utilizing the phones they already have, Smart or dumb and we give them access even off the internet. We are an intersection between accessibility and cost!
What other initiatives like yours exist out there? How will you differentiate your solution?The Medical Concierge Group in Uganda that Use social Media to crowd-source health care challenges in the community and provide health care services and tips. However their services can only be accessed by those that are on social Media. We hope to partner with them and make their services voice based to be able to reach a bigger audience. M-track; A community based SMS reporting tool used to monitor drug stock outs in health centers by VHTs. We shall be different from them because we are a voice modality and anyone in the community can take part in our IVR surveys.
What have you done up-to date to test your idea with potential users? What learnings do you have to share?We have interviewed Health care providers. Many of them are trying to adopt a patient led health care service but to do this they need to be able to properly measure patients’ experiences of care and highlights of treatment to determine areas that need to improve for better services to patients. Patients we have interacted with have pointed out the need for fast access to reliable health advice, respect for preference, participation in decisions for the case of public health, clear comprehensive information and support for continuity and self-care.
How will you financially sustain your business?We shall charge a fee for using our platform and services basing on the size and complexity of the service required. We are working to secure partnerships with other health innovators.
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?1. Emmanuel Oucor: A graduate in Information Technology, with a background in Telecommunication engineering with over two years experience in providing mobile communication solutions. Currently Co-Founder at Sauti Uganda 2. Meshach Moiti: A graduate in information Technology and Tech-entrepreneur; with experience in providing software solutions for SME's. Co-Founder at Sauti Uganda. 3. Katie Amuron: A graduate in Information Technology with experience in business marketing. She is a Co-Founder and she Handles Business Development at Sauti Uganda.
Please tell us about other team members that are not cofounders.1. Ezra Meme; A graduate in Public Health with experience as a SRH ambassador from Uganda Network of Youth Living with HIV. He is the Public relations Officer at Sauti Uganda 2. Peace Nyaburu; A graduate in Entrepreneurship and Project Planning. Head Marketing at Sauti Uganda.
Which members of your team will attend the program full-time?1. Emmanuel Oucor 2. Meshach Moiti 3. Katie AMuron 4. Peace Nyaburu 5. Ezra Meme