Safaricom has started testing Afya Moja, a mobile health records system with Nakuru County.
The partnership between the telco and the County will see the product improve health services of more than 100K people via an integrated electronic medical records system.
The telco says that Afya Moja is a simple, mobile-based digital health passport that receives and securely stores patient information.
Moreover, the system allows users too access a copy of their own health data, and share it with trusted healthcare providers. Doctors, upon consent, can act on the data and respond to patient needs.
At the moment, Afya Moja is being tested in 8 hospitals in Nakuru County, including PGH Nakuru Level 5, Naivasha Sub-County Hospital, Molo Sub-County and Keringet Sub-County Hospitals.
The program will also extend pilot tests to Soin-Mogotio Sub County Hospital, Kiptangwany Health Centre, Mirugi Kariuki Sub County Hospital and Gilgil Health Centre.
Afya Moja will be expanded to other counties in the coming months. The plan is to roll the product across the country.
The telco will provide the technology needed to enable patients to access their health records, as well as medical backgrounds on their mobile devices.
Afya Moja has been developed by Safaricom, avannah Informatics Limited and IntelliSOFT Consulting Limited.
What we aim to do through Afya Moja, is to make patient medical records portable so that patients and healthcare workers can access them any time they need them. We will be focusing on diabetes patients during the initial stages of this pilot as we move on to other patients with other chronic diseases.
Steve Chege, Chief Corporate Affairs, Safaricom
Mobile as an enabler for health is still largely untapped. Challenges with patient identification remain across the ecosystem with difficulty linking patients to information. Despite increased digitization of patient information, interoperability of systems is very difficult to achieve so information remains siloed sometimes even within the same facility. Afya Moja aims to address this challenge.
Steven Wanyee, Director of Biomedical Informatics, IntelliSOFT Consulting Limited