NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – Smart Applications International has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rural Private Hospitals Association to introduce different technological solutions to enhance healthcare access for patients across the country.
The Association’s Chair Dr. Brian Lishenga said the MoU will have an array of benefits among them offering telehealth services to patients and automation of medical records in hospitals.
The partnership will also see the launch of a mobile application platform, which will also spur the uptake of health insurance in the country.
“Through the partnership, patients will get Smart cards, which will ensure efficiency in terms of acquiring insurance services at hospitals,” Lishenga said.
Smart Application Group Managing Director Harrison Muiru said the partnership will also support the government’s effort of combating COVID-19 and other pandemics in the future.
“At a time when the country is combating the pandemic, services such as telehealth will go a long way in combating the virus,” he said.
Commenting on the partnership, Smart Application Chair Dr. Chris Kirubi said the partnership will revolutionize the health sector.
According to Dr. Kirubi, technology will solve the majority of problems that the health sector is facing.
“I want to urge all hospitals to consider digitizing their services. For starters, it will help in cutting the amount of work taken to find patients’ medical records, it will also help in accountability of funds,” he said.
In January, Smart Application announced the launch of a mobile app for its smartcard holders.
The app gives users access to check their medical cover details and card balance, it allows them to geo-locate their approved healthcare facilities and allows them to generate and view their expenditure report among other functions.