Afya Rekod to launch AI, blockchain data driven platform

Kenya’s Afya Rekod, a well-known health-tech startup, said this week that it was preparing to launch its artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain built consumer driven health data platform, in an effort to sustain global efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

The launching date was initially set for July 2020.

“We are fast tracking to launch the platform four months ahead of its time to enable the world to capture real-time data that will heat-map areas where the Corona infections are growing and monitor the growth in real-time by collecting user-generated information from millions of users across multiple geographic locations,” John Kamara, founder and CEO of Afya Rekod, said.

“This will allow for sufficient data analysis in support of the global efforts to curb the disease,” he added.

The advanced system, which is built to help users store their own health data, access health information and connect to health service providers, will now have a special focus on Covid-19.

“Afya Rekod is a medical data storage platform that allows patients to store their health records, the medication they take as well as keep journals of their statuses and that of their kids and families,” Kamara said.

“The platform is AI-driven and uses various AI modules to help detect abnormalities, detect early out breaks and monitor mobility and evolution of diseases via timely data analytics,” he explained.

Afya Rekod said it was currently in discussions with various entities across governments and developing partners to explore how their efforts could be accelerated urgently for Covid-19.

According to Kamara, Africa and most of the developing countries have limited doctors and access to healthcare services, and the lack of patient data in real-time makes the problem even more damaging to both patients and health-service providers across the continent.

Rural communities

It is worthwhile to note that over 65% of Africans live in rural communities that are not connected and are off-grid in terms of access to healthcare services. “This is the problem we are trying to solve,” he said.

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has shown the world once again that centralised health management systems that rely solely on people walking into a health facility are not sufficient.

The world also needs decentralised systems that enable people to update their own records anytime, anywhere in multi-formats.

The company said one of the critical issues affecting the world during emergencies like this included inefficiency that often leads to, among others, untimely deaths due to lack of limited data, scanty access to healthcare services, unverified information and delayed responses.

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