Opportunity AreaHow might we improve data systems for healthcare delivery?
The proposed title of your ideaUganda Clinical Guideline (UCG) App
Please describe your idea.Our Idea is to develop a UCG App that can be accessed by health professionals and workers for informed decision making
What problem does your idea solve in the market?The current UCG is over 1000 pages that is too bulky for day to day use by any health worker if the purpose for which the same was designed in 1993 is to be achieved. The document is the bible for diagnosis, treatment and management of common health conditions such as HIV, TB and malaria in maternal health and reproductive health but a few facilities and health workers plus professionals have access to it due limited copies. The country this year will spend over $280,000 in printing 40,000 hard copies of the book minus logistics for the health facilities.
Briefly explain how you identified the need or opportunityOur Idea originated from a training where we were being trained in clinical audits for health facility. During the training we were required to assess health facilities in Jinja but to our surprise they didn't have a tool that was very important to treat, diagnose and manage patients, the Uganda clinical guidelines. One of the important tools that is mandatory for health workers, however majority don't have access to it yet they posse digital gadgets. We asked if we would provide this on their smartphones and they said if that was possible then it would be much better. From that time we have never settled until now making sure we meet the demand of these health workers.
Who are the beneficiaries of your solution and how will they benefit?The beneficiaries are health workers and professionals as well as people interested in health that use digital platforms but have limited access to the Uganda clinical guidelines. We will create a World where every person and every health worker has access to the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible based on informed decisions.
Why are you convinced your solution will solve the problem?We are convinced because majority of the people have access to digital platforms most especially the smartphones and tablets that are personal. But the most pushing factor is the magnificent increasing number of smartphone users in Uganda that gives us a competitive advantage. Secondly, the 40,000 copies that are to be printed this year are not enough to cover over 80,000 health workers and professionals as well as over 7000 health facilities plus the public.
What other initiatives like yours exist out there? How will you differentiate your solution?The Management Science for Health is an organization that partners up with the ministry of health to distribute and prints clinical guidelines for health facilities and health workers. There are other partners such as UNICEF, USAID AND UKaid that help in printing UCG hard copies. We will differentiate ourselves by developing an App that can easily accessed timely, personalized, easy and fast to use and hence time saving for health workers and professionals but as well as being accessed by the public interested in health. We will cut 80% of costs involved in logistics, distribution and printing of the Uganda Clinical Guideline.
What have you done up-to date to test your idea with potential users? What learnings do you have to share?We have done field visits to different health facilities and talked to health workers. We have talked to various health professionals who have helped to critique our idea and hence advice us accordingly. We have developed different versions of the Application with assistance from different target users such as dispensers, pharmacists, doctors and nurses and also gone ahead to share our prototypes with different end users (third party users) who in turn have advised us accordingly on what to do and what to not do thereby helping us to achieve our required goal.
How will you financially sustain your business?The government of Uganda through partners will pay an annual fee of 10,000 US dollars for upgrading and maintaining the operations of the Uganda clinical guidelines for health professionals and workers on their digital platforms. The fee will include a percentage for subscription to the store (play store) and sustainability. The fee will in turn cater for minor system upgrades as well.
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?Waiswa Faisal; "https://www.linkedin.com/in/waiswa-faisal-5756957b/" He has bachelors degree in biomedical engineer from Makerere university. He has experience from different projects that he has run over the years as a student and a professional. He has an eye of innovation and design Kato Hussein Ssebuliba; "https://www.linkedin.com/in/kato-hussein-ssebuliba-530bb3a8" He has bachelors degree in biomedical engineer from Makerere university. Kato hussein brings experience of over 1 year from the Ministry of health in designing and developing healthcare information systems.
Please tell us about other team members that are not cofounders.Mbwambwa Ivan Peter Peter has studied and has varsity experience in software engineering as well as developing software engineer products for the last 3 years. Beyeza Babra https://www.facebook.com/beyeza.babra Babra has spent almost 2 years at vine pharmacy promoting, marketing and selling health
Which members of your team will attend the program full-time?1. WAISWA FAISAL 2. KATO HUSSEIN SSEBULIBA 3. MBWAMBWA IVAN PETER