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Fulfilling the promise of e-healthcare

telecomworld 2018 Daily Highlights Day 1

Innovative e-health solutions resetting the relationship between doctor and patient and empowering the individual with information and access as never before. Applications, products and services providing local solutions to key local issues – but with the power to go global. Plus the chance to be shocked, pleasantly or otherwise, by the results of measuring your metabolic age in just two minutes on the showfloor. E-healthcare has arrived at ITU Telecom World 2018!

Health is a universal issue, a fact reflected in the international origins of the SMEs and solutions on show, linked by the common theme of using technology to improve healthcare delivery on the ground. South Africa’s WatIF has a range of applications addressing central healthcare challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa, aimed at cascading specialist medical knowledge, traditionally the domain of distant doctors, to the level of community health workers. Products include a health portal for the under-fives, a portfolio of tools supporting clinical decisions, and portable personal interactive electronic health record apps.

Based in Egypt, Pulse is a unique remote monitoring system and smart analysis module, providing care in ambulances, rural areas and at home, as well as enabling second opinions from across the nation or internationally. Remote diagnosis is also the central feature of Mali’s s Doctix, a medical appointment platform connecting doctors and patients and bringing healthcare to the edge of the network; and of South Korea’s iKoob Clinic, a digital patient education platform freely available to help doctors in places where medical infrastructure is lacking or inaccessible due to distance or cost.

Further e-health highlights include iMoSyS, a Malawian trailblazer in IoT solutions focusing on improving community TB care interventions; Ihurio, a game-changing web and app from Burundi offering baseline information, mentorship and knowledge-sharing on sexual health for young people; Austics, who have developed South Africa’s first quality innovative stethoscope adapted for African health care works, and Talamus, a US-based delivery platform offering the future of healthcare in the palm of your hand.

Abby is a self-service health kiosk providing twelve key measurements in two minutes, with the vision of setting up free vital health checks at convenient locations worldwide. And for anyone still unconvinced of the benefits of using digital technology innovatively in health and medicine, two young practicing doctors from South Africa’s public sector were on hand at Young MD to explain their mission to transform healthcare nationally.