Kenyan health technology AfyaRekod launches universal patient portal for global health data mobility management
Kenyan health technology AfyaRekod launches universal patient portal for managing global health data mobility
The subscription-based Universal Patient Portal is a blockchain solution, with a consolidated mobile data health passport that allows patients consistent access to their health records.
Kenya-based health technology company AfyaRekod has launched the first fully automated universal patient portal, powered by blockchain technology that will transform the face of patient care in Africa and globally. Through a secure centralized platform (www.MyRekod.com), patients and the healthcare professionals who care for them will have real-time access to their health data and medical history, ensuring not only medical management continuous efficiency, but also rapid and critical access to information in the event of an emergency.
The brainchild of CEO John Kamara, AfyaRekod was founded in 2019 as an Adanian Lab startup with seed funding from Mac Venture Capital and Next Chymia. Kamara saw firsthand how the lack of medical records and static data could lead to medical mismanagement when a friend died after receiving the wrong medical intervention in an emergency. Kamara built an AI platform that would track healthcare data, aiming to bridge the gap between healthcare and treatment, anywhere, anytime for patients, healthcare professionals, providers and organizations.
Medical records are an essential tool in health management, informing healthcare professionals of past medications, chronic conditions, problems and procedures and ultimately allowing them to determine the most accurate treatment. Misdiagnosis is serious and can lead to a delay in treating the actual condition. An IOM report published in 2015 indicated that approximately 12 million cases of patient misdiagnosis occur each year in the United States, a country with a well-developed healthcare sector. Misdiagnoses are preventable, but only if health records are accurate and mobile.
“We have identified capturing and storing accurate data at all possible levels of the healthcare infrastructure as a central issue. Bringing real-time access to data that captures the mobility of health records was the solution. Our tool now allows patients to create a portal with all their health data and above all gives patients sovereign rights of ownership over their data. The patient logs in and sees all their information, from all the healthcare providers they have interacted with. The power of patients to own their health records and have real-time access to their information is vital, and it is their right to access it,” Kamara said.
The pandemic has pressed the fast-forward button, making health data accessibility and analysis urgent. This is a global problem that is solved by a patient-centric healthcare innovation – AfyaRekod.
The subscription-based Universal Patient Portal is a blockchain solution, with a consolidated mobile data health passport that allows patients consistent access to their health records, as well as access to a marketplace of various services within the ecosystem real-time health.
Beyond patients securely managing their health records including health diaries, prescriptions and hospital visit summaries, the AfyaRekod universal patient portal offers a smart, decentralized and secure telehealth solution, health resources, symptom trackers, reminders and notifications, and mobility of recording across multiple channels and devices. Although every patient should use these tools, they are especially useful for patients with chronic conditions, parents, pregnant women, and patients with hereditary conditions.
The AfyaRekod platform expands to include physicians and healthcare providers, offering an electronic health management system with digital tools to manage all key aspects of hospital and clinic services. The system has multiple functionalities such as hospital management, patient management, knowledge management and inventory management, as well as an AI-based reporting tool that allows organizations to make decisions based on the data, forecasts and early disease identification. NGOs and other related organizations can register and manage their beneficiary groups on the platform.
AfyaRekod is part of the NVIDIA AI program through AICE Africa and has over 150,000 users in Kenya alone and over 50 expanding hospitals in Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. AfyaRekod is accessible through an app (Android and iOS) and a web portal through www.MyRekod.com.
AfyaRekod’s major partnerships include Association of Sisterhoods of Kenya (AOSK), Healthy Mind Foundation (Nigeria), AURA (South Africa), GE Healthcare, Telkom, The Africa Block-Chain Center, The AI Center of Excellence, Adanian Labs and Lishe Living among others.