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Barcelona, Spain recently saw the conclusion of the World Mobile Congress 2015 alongside the Mobile Premier Awards — an initiative that showcased mobile software innovations from around the globe, including South Africa’s mobile medical platforms such as the Mobile Triage app and AnasodiabITiz Inc.
The Mobile Triage app won the Big Impact Award while Dr Chibuzo, the founder and CEO of AnasodiabITiz Inc, delivered a keynote address. Both of these mobile technologies have been incubated or supported by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) — a South African incubator and accelerator that supports startups in the tech and IT space.
Founded by South African Doctors Yaseen Khan and Mohammed Dalwai, The Open Medicine Project has produced a number of top medical apps which are used by over 30 000 healthcare providers around the world, including the Mobile Triage App. Co-developer of the app Dr Khan explains why the app has so much potential for impact:
The Mobile Triage app allows healthcare workers in both the private and public sector to perform triage accurately by facilitating the identification of danger signs and symptoms, and colour codes patients according to priority as either green, yellow, orange or red.
The Mobile Triage app is funded by the MRC’s Strategic Health Innovation Partnership and was also piloted at Khayelitsha District Hospital in Cape Town, in the Western Cape where it made a tremendous impact. According to a press release the app has managed to improve compliance by 88% and decreasing triage time by over 50% which decreases patient waiting times.
CiTi is showing its support of TOMPSA by providing business mentoring, as well as full office facilities in the middle of in a thriving innovation ecosystem at the Bandwidth Barn.
Dr Chibuzo, founder and CEO of AnasodiabITiz Inc — an SMS platform aimed at supporting diabetes sufferers from all walks of life and facilitating equal care and support — was one of the guest speakers at the Barcelona awards.
Dr Chibuzo, now residing in the US, came through the VeloCiTi Y programme provided by CiTi at the Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town — an accelerator and incubator programme for startups in the tech and IT sectors — and is passionate about helping patients living with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.