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TechEmerge Health East Africa

Accelerating the adoption of health tech innovation in East Africa

ABOUT TECHEMERGE HEALTH EAST AFRICA

Latest Update: Announcing the innovators piloting their technologies on the ground in East Africa

 

From over 415 applications across 50 countries, 17 innovative health tech startups from 11 countries were successfully matched with 11 leading healthcare providers across Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to jointly implement 20 pilot projects and build long-term partnerships. The tech solutions range from AI-enabled point of care diagnostics, clinical decision support tools, imaging, patient engagement, emergency response and beyond. The solutions will be piloted in hospitals, clinics, labs, pharma retail outlets, and with health insurers over the coming one year. We are excited to see new business relationships between startups and East African healthcare providers that can help improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes, and we would like to thank our Advisor Network (can we add a hyperlink for this) for their support and taking these technologies forward. The TechEmerge Health East Africa program is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, The Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry and the Government of Japan.

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About the Program:

TechEmerge brings technologies to new markets to drive sustainable innovation in regions that need it the most.

We do this by matching best-in-class, proven, affordable technology solutions from around the world with local partners in emerging markets to conduct pilot projects and build commercial partnerships.

After successfully implementing the program in the healthcare sectors in India, followed by Brazil, IFC is now building on this knowledge and networks to bring the program to the East African healthcare sector to improve access to healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.

Over 20 leading private healthcare providers in Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia have signed on to the program and are interested in working with health tech companies that can address their needs. Through a competitive selection process, with the support of an network of external technical advisors, shortlisted innovators meet with local organizations to demo their products and discuss potential pilot opportunities. With our support, selected innovators and local healthcare providers partner to test and validate technologies in the local setting.

Selected innovators receive funding and guidance from the TechEmerge team to pilot their tech solutions in the East African market, with the ultimate goal of wider commercial deployment of the technologies. IFC provides support during the market-entry and tech transfer process for both innovators and healthcare providers – mitigating financial and operational risks associated with market entry for innovators and reducing adoption risks for local healthcare providers.

The TechEmerge Health East Africa program was launched at CES 2020 as part of a World Bank Group (WBG) – CES Global Tech Challenge.

 

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BENEFITS FOR PARTICIPANTS


  • Access to robust network of East Africa health systems and potential users/buyers of technology
  • Access to a pool of up to $1M in funding to support pilot projects in East Africa (competitive selection)
  • Guidance from the TechEmerge team and global network of advisors to develop pilot implementation and market entry strategies
  • Potential investment from IFC
Criteria

WHAT'S THE CRITERIA?


  • Proven product, installed with at least one health system
  • Privately owned company, typically with less than 50 employees and less than US$100M in venture capital funding (with some exceptions)
  • Meets the needs of the East African Healthcare Providers
  • Demonstrated managerial capacity and scalability
  • Ability to allocate time and resources to participate in the Project, including attending periodic meetings, and implementation of field testing/pilot project in East Africa
How

 

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?


  • Assess: We identify challenges and gaps in emerging markets, talking in person with local organizations to ensure we understand which technologies could best meet their needs.
  • Source: We launch an open call for innovators from around the world with market relevant solutions to apply to join the program.
  • Select: With the support of a network of expert advisors, we select high-performing innovators with proven technologies that can meet the needs of participating local organizations.
  • Match: Through a carefully curated process, we arrange events and meetings for the shortlisted innovators to meet local organizations, demo their products, and discuss the potential to pilot projects together.
  • Pilot: With our support, selected innovators and participating organizations partner to test technologies in a local setting.
  • Commercialize: If the pilot is successful, the local organization and innovator may decide to enter into a commercial contract.

 

This program is implemented in partnership with:

Partners

 

Market Context

East Africa is comprised of a diverse set of countries and the region as a whole has experienced rapid economic growth over the past five years. The TechEmerge Health East Africa program will predominantly focus on the Kenyan private healthcare sector, while including select healthcare providers from Uganda and Ethiopia as well. The combined population for Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia is around 207 million people, and is projected to grow to 270 by 2030. The healthcare market across these three countries is $8B, and set to grow to $15B by 2030. The majority of patients pay for healthcare out-of-pocket, which drives healthcare providers to seek new approaches to improve healthcare delivery and reduce costs.

Providers

Over 20 leading private healthcare providers in Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia have joined the program. Participating providers range from multi-specialty hospitals to primary care clinics, to lab chains, pharma retails and health insurers. These health organizations serve a variety of different income populations and regions, operating over 285 facilities, with over 2,850 beds, serving over 6.5 million patients annually. 

Providers

 

Pilots

Ally PAC’s technology is a medical imaging management solution enabling tele-radiology, long-term archiving of medial data and unification of multiple imaging sites under one cloud-based umbrella. Images can be viewed on any device anywhere. The solution includes physician and patient portals. AI technology has been incorporated to identify potential COVID-19 cases. In this pilot, Hallelujah General Hospital in Ethiopia will use Ally PACS’ fully digitalized and cloud-enabled solution to better coordinate care and improve radiology workflows. Learn more
Ally PAC’s technology is a medical imaging management solution enabling tele-radiology, long-term archiving of medial data and unification of multiple imaging sites under one cloud-based umbrella. Images can be viewed on any device anywhere. The solution includes physician and patient portals. AI technology has been incorporated to identify potential COVID-19 cases. In this pilot, Nairobi Women’s Hospital in Kenya will use Ally PACS’ fully digitalized and cloud-enabled solution across their 9 branches to better coordinate care and improve radiology workflows and optimize resources. Learn more
Baobab Circle's Afya Pap is a patient centered platform that leverages AI and behavioral science to improve management and prevention of chronic health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. The solution provides localized health education and personalized remote monitoring via SMS (for basic cell phone) or an app (for smartphones). Afya Pap enables the most remote person to be monitored via its Ask a Doctor feature, with doctors responding in real-time, or by using the connected glucometers and blood pressure monitors. During the pandemic, Afya Pap is supporting patients at risk by providing personalized health education, remote monitoring, eprescription, COVID-19 symptom triage and tracking and connecting to a doctor. Baobab Circle will work with leading corporates in Uganda to pilot Afya Pap to support their staff to improve management and prevention of diabetes and hypertension, and to increase staff’s productivity and to reduce insurance costs related to treating chronic diseases.   Learn more
Butterfly Network’s Butterfly iQ is a whole-body single-probe ultrasound system that connects to a mobile device. The iQ has a powerful suite of software tools that allow you to store, collaborate, access AI-powered advanced imaging tools and access Butterfly Network’s ultrasound education learning platform. Low-cost, portable and radiation free, iQ provides diagnostic imaging across 13 clinical indications which span the whole body. The iQ offers lung ultrasound to identify pulmonary complications in suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients and helps risk stratify those for admission/closer observation. Access Afya, a low-cost primary healthcare provider with micro-clinics serving Kenyans living in informal settlements is piloting Butterfly iQ in 8 of their clinics, coupled with Butterfly’s TeleGuidance functionality, to increase access to ultrasound services, improving detection of COVID-19 and supporting antenatal care patients in informal settlements. Learn more

Advisor Network

The TechEmerge Health East Africa Program is supported by a network of advisors with vast experience in growing health technology innovation across the world.