A 'Cloud' Vision of a Shared Health Platform

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Safaricom healthcare journey sprouted when the organization saw the need to touch communities in remote areas of the country with a cost effective and reliable health solution platform.

Through digital villages, patients in remote areas of Kenya will have access to a doctor through the TelePresence system with help from a health worker. TelePresence mimics a real life experience with a doctor. This shows how the future of our life is bound to depend on video.

The company's national footprint on fiber, WIMAX and 3G networks provides quick access to health information by patients to their mobile devices via network connections; patients will be tested, diagnosed and treated without necessarily travelling to doctors through video conferences. Safaricom who are providers of these services also will take a step ahead and sensitize communities on how to practice a healthy living culture to well improve their lives.

Speaking at the Safaricom launch of a "cloud" vision of a shared health platform at Serena hotel, Nairobi, permanent secretary Ministry of Information and Communication, Dr. Bitange Ndemo said that drug interruptions are the major cause of deaths among many patients. This cloud service, which is an add -- on to the current health projects will enable doctors to access patient electronic information stored in one repository hosted in the cloud. With this, medical history of patients will be available for referral by different doctors before further treatment is made to patients.

The cloud vision of a shared health platform will further aid doctors to collaborate with others in sharing ideas on health cases, reviewing various diseases symptoms and provide a wholistic advice to a medical situation. The Ministry of Health stands to gain too, when all sorts of drug records are hosted in the cloud, the ministry will be able to redistribute drugs to regions where they most need them, for example they will be able to send malaria drugs to rift valley from north eastern province where they least need them according to records statistics updated in one shared cloud database.

This story, "A 'Cloud' Vision of a Shared Health Platform" was originally published by CIO.

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