Healthcare delivery is set for a paradigm shift in the coming years. There is a distinct unfulfilled need to create new delivery models for providing affordable and prompt healthcare services to an ever-increasing population. Augmentation of the traditional clinic and hospital-based models of healthcare with a model that incorporates new technologies is our imminent need. The deployment of information and communications technology for improving the reach and penetration of healthcare services, in the form of telemedicine is a solution to mitigate strains faced by healthcare systems across the world.

Africa is no exception to the strains of healthcare services. It is based on this premise that Ropha Health Tech Limited Mobile App and ACE Health Tech Limited Hospital Management System (HMS) was created to serve unique needs of the African continent.

Reasons for urgent need of Telemedicine

1. Telemedicine is the most effective form of medical services to be deployed during a pandemic such as Covid-19. Quarantined individuals, Isolating individuals and individuals in remote areas can all have access to medical professionals virtually. This also helps slow down the spread of infection.

2. Almost 75% of all doctor, urgent care, and Emergency Room visits “are either unnecessary or could be handled safely and effectively through telemedicine,” according to statistics from the American Medical Association and Wellness Council of America.

3. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 12% of the world’s population live in sub-Saharan Africa, yet the region suffers 27% of the world’s total burden of disease due to lack of immediate access to medical records. Telemedicine will help alleviate this problem by providing patients in the region immediate access to healthcare records.

4. WHO data reflects an impending strain on healthcare facilities especially in sub-Saharan Africa where 4 out of every 1000 people will have access to a hospital bed due to an increase in cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer diagnoses.

5. Telemedicine provides patients in remote locations immediate access to a medical doctor.

6. WHO predicts a decrease in healthcare professionals as the world’s population increases. This has made the need for Telemedicine more urgent.

7. Telemedicine can be applied in geriatrics, mother and child care, mental healthcare, trauma and emergency care in rural healthcare settings.

8. Telemedicine facilitates easy exchange of information between multiple health organizations. Management of rare or unusual health conditions, chronic diseases or health crisis is made possible through expedited exchange of information.

9. Telemedicine helps healthcare facilitates better utilize current workforce in hospitals and clinics.

10. Telemedicine helps increase workplace productivity as employees are able to consult with doctors virtually during working hours. This eliminates lost travel time and doctor’s office wait time.

Features of Ropha Health Tech Limited Mobile App

1. 24/7, 365 days’ access to medical professionals and medical records.

2. Login securely with biometrics (fingerprint).

3. Live Video Call between patients and medical professionals.

4. Medical professionals are able to send drug prescriptions directly to either patients or pharmacy from both the Ropha Health Tech Limited Mobile App and HMS.

5. Medical professionals are able to request lab orders directly from both the Ropha Health Tech Limited Mobile App and HMS.

6. Patients are able to select and view a physician based on their specialty.

7. Patient medical information is securely encrypted and stored

8. While meeting with patients, medical professionals are able to document all medical information discussed during the live video call consultation.