"Without good data, we’re flying blind. If you can’t see it, you can’t solve it”
~ Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
Data can be useful if accurate but questionable, if not harmful, when inaccurate. By improving the management of health data, we will be able to significantly improve the quality of care received by a vast population of citizens, improve the lives and empower decision makers to make data-driven decisions.
Globally, healthcare is undergoing technological reform. The emergence of new technologies (machine learning, blockchain) makes continued innovation inevitable. In more commercially competitive economies, we see information technology enhance diagnostic capabilities, data management, population health monitoring and more.
Throughout the nations of Africa, we are also seeing an increase in the adoption of technology to automate processes in many sectors. However, healthcare has unfortunately not enjoyed the same level of attention and investment until now.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the most disease burdened region along with being one of the most medically underserved, globally. The healthcare networks in this region rank lowest, collectively, on the world scale based on 2 key health equity measuring indexes (the HAQ index and the WHO’s composite index).
As the global community reacts to the current COVID19 pandemic, these underdeveloped healthcare infrastructures are laid bare. There is a cultural and social transformation taking place and we are determined to play a leading role in this technological revolution within the healthcare domain and our region of focus, primarily.
By focusing on our core objectives (digitalize, connect and standardize), we will achieve our goal of increasing healthcare access and quality significantly across medically unders-served communities.