A new integrated health app has been launched in Kenya, to enable people access medical practitioners for a range of solutions to their health conditions from the comfort of their mobile phones.
The app known as iSikCure, launched yesterday, is a subscription free project that aims at improving access levels to quality care and safe medicine across Kenya as well as offer convenience and choice with a range of benefits for the patients and providers. iSikCure has been developed with the support of Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) umbrella Making More Health (MMH).
Through iSikCure, patients can connect and communicate with doctors, laboratories, pharmacies and wellness providers, and pay for the health services received from their mobile phones. The developers of iSikCure say that. “this helps to enable them to save on the overall cost of care and medicines. It further provides convenience, control and preference.”
Health providers also benefit from the app through increased traffic to facilities, ability to manage schedule and wait-times through their mobile phones, receive pre-payments and earn loyalty MedPoints that can be redeemed when purchasing medicines from distributors and receive a preferred access to select brands and generic medicines from participating distributors at whole sale price.
Dr. Moka Lantum, CEO of Sagitarix Limited, and the founder of iSikCure said, “Access has always been an ongoing issue, coupled with the affordability of care which is reflected in the USD 5.3 billion in unmet demand for medicines in East Africa. This is due to multiple complications such as unsafe medicines, counterfeit and variable drug costs.”
Dr. Moka also noted, “The iSikCure app effectively addresses the many challenges patients and healthcare providers face, from having direct access to available services, to having patient records on-line securely. It further provides a real added value service to all players in the healthcare sector in Kenya and across Africa. iSikCure is built on a strong innovation platform that connects patients to the right healthcare services, and ensures that care received is safe, affordable and of high quality. This unique platform adds more value to Kenya’s healthcare system by providing convenient, trustworthy, and a fully integrated solution to patients, healthcare providers, distributors and wholesalers, as well as employers.”
iSikCure aims to reach 20% of Kenyan private healthcare facilities and 14% of households as well as partner with two large distributors to increase access to a wide range of medicines by the end of 2017.
You can download the app from the Google Play Store and Apple app store.