The potential for telehealth across Africa is vast and promising as mobile connectivity deepens, and innovations that could potentially bridge the doctor-patient ratio gap increase, according to a Deloitte report.
One company that is planning to drive the wave of telemedicine across the continent, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, is mPharma, a Ghanaian health tech startup that is set to open 100 virtual centers across seven markets in Africa over the next six months.
As it rolls out these centers, mPharma said its end goal is to deliver quality primary care in communities they serve by providing medical examinations, a service the startup’s co-founder and CEO Gregory Rockson said lacks in most telemedicine structures.
“We saw this as an opportunity to leverage our pharmacies as virtual doctor offices so that patients could get examined remotely during a virtual consultation. This is what makes mPharma’s telemedicine unique,” Rockson told TechCrunch.
He said that mPharma already provides about 10,000 physician consultations to patients at the startup’s network of pharmacies, and that the new system will enable them to do it electronically too, reaching more people.
Originally founded to manage prescription drug inventory for pharmacies and their suppliers, mPharma also runs retail pharmacy operations and provides market intelligence to hospitals, pharmacies and patients
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