GE Healthcare and Afya Rekod, a Kenyan startup, have struck a strategic relationship to boost care delivery in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa by providing better and more seamless access to personal health data.
By enabling hospitals and diagnostic institutions to host health records securely on one platform through a digital application, patients will have access to their health history, including radiological pictures.
Patients and physicians will be able to access data and produce clinical, operational, and financial insights that will give them a more complete picture of the patient as a result of this collaboration.
Patients are at the center of all services since the platform is patient-centered. They can capture, save, access, and own personal health records, which has several advantages, including lowering the cost of repeat medical testing. Patients and professionals will be able to view imaging data and test results via a mobile app or a web browser, eliminating the need to return to the health center. Afya Rekod uses multiple AI and blockchain modules to guarantee the security of the patient’s health data, and the patient retains sovereignty over their data.
“Our vision is to put patients at the core of what we do. We want families to have access to their medical records virtually and access them any time, in a matter of seconds. The partnership with GE will allow for a seamless flow of data from the equipment directly to the app and into patients’ hands. The app will also allow clinicians to view data and share with other experts, enabling them to make better-informed diagnoses and decisions.” John Kamara, CEO Afya Rekod said.
“With our collaboration with start-up Afya Rekod, we will work on data accessibility to help create insights for better, more targeted, more individualized patient care. Startups, the private sector, and the public must all come together to further Sub-Saharan Africa’s digital healthcare journey, to the benefit of millions of people. This app and partnership support that journey.” Eyong Ebai, General Manager Sub-Saharan Africa, GE Healthcare said.
GE Healthcare founded in 1994 by Elihu Thomson and Thomas Edison is a leading global medical technology and digital solutions, innovator. It enables clinicians to make faster and more informed decisions through intelligent devices, data analytics, applications, and services, supported by its Edison intelligence platform. With over 100 years of healthcare industry experience and around 50,000 employees globally, the company operates at the center of an ecosystem working toward precision health, digitizing healthcare, helping drive productivity, and improving outcomes for patients, providers, health systems, and researchers around the world.
While Afya Rekod was founded in 2020 by John Kamara, Irene Kiwia, and Ron Harris as a patient-Driven Health Data Platform Built on AI and Blockchain Technology that focuses on the patient and allows health facilities to capture store, have real-time access and mobility of the patients’ health data.