The cost of healthcare is relatively high in African countries. However, a Kenyan mobile application has found an innovative way to cut down healthcare costs.
Kenyan startup Snark Health is helping patients cut healthcare costs using an application that monetizes their data and connects them with doctors. The application uses blockchain technology, due to which a third of the user's proceeds from the cell of user data is stored as 'Hippocratic coins.' The coins can be converted into mobile money.
Developer Edwin Lubanga says that user privacy is protected. He said that the algorithm only picks up specific things the app is looking for. Say for example, a data customer wants to know the types of drugs that are being sold in Northern Kenya or wants to investigate a specific type of disease, the platform can capture this, and the analytics are kicked out and sold to the data customer.
The app is useful for both users and doctors. It has attracted around 4000 users and 300 doctors. Doctors can easily schedule their appointments based on their availability and feasibility. Whereas users can have access to healthcare even from areas of Africa with poor infrastructure.
Snark Health was featured at the Africa Tech Summit in Nairobi to seek funding for the innovation.
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