Safaricom, has announced it will conduct a mobile health pilot program in collaboration with Nakuru County, to improve access to healthcare records through the Afya Moja platform that is set to initially benefit over 100,000 people in Kenya.
The Afya Moja platform is a mobile based digital health passport that receives and securely stores patient information, allows users to access a copy of their own health data and have the ability to share it with trusted healthcare providers upon consent.
Safaricom Chief of Corporate Affairs, Steve Chege said, “What we aim to do through Afya Moja, is to make patient medical records portable so that patients and healthcare workers can access them any time they need them.”
The program will focus on diabetes patients during the initial stages of the pilot before moving on to patients with other chronic diseases.
According to a statement, an initial eight hospitals will benefit from the partnership and the implementation of the Afya Moja Program will be rolled out in different counties in the coming months leading up to a full adoption countrywide.
Safaricom, will provide the technology platform which will enable patients access their health records and medical backgrounds through their mobile phones.
“We are excited to explore new and innovative ways in which mobile technology can support access to identity-linked services that drive socially impactful outcomes – and managing one’s health records couldn’t be more relevant in the current time we live in”, said Willie Ngumi, Senior Advocacy Manager, Digital Identity, GSMA.
The platform has been created by a consortium of partners including Safaricom, Savannah Informatics Limited , GSMA and IntelliSOFT Consulting Limited.