Nomadic and e-Health Program Initiative

Nomadic and e-Health Program Initiative

Nigeria
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$500,000 - $1 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Deritech Solutions Ltd. is an Information Technology firm driven by the passion to provide innovative IT-based solutions for its clientele.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The Solution seeks to reduce child mortality rate, improve maternal health and combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Diabetes and other disease. It also provides real time statistics on patients seen and treated using a web-based platform. Decision makers are equipped with the flexibility of searching through pool of diagnosis to quickly ascertain the spread and trend. Additionally, the solution gives the mobile health team swift idea of any disease outbreak so it is address promptly. More so, the solution provides a connected health framework where all health facilities collate data on a central platform for State or Country-wise health related statistics. Finally, the mobile component saves huge cost in reaching more patients as compared to the static health centres/clinics.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our solution (Electronic Health Information System) is primary developed using php/MySQL/java scripting while the Microsoft .NET version is under development. By using a web-based software to capture mobile health-related statistics, our Solution goes further to integrate both Primary and Secondary Healthcare facilities thereby automating the basic operations of the health facilities. It offers the following features and functionality: 1. Provides a data capturing platform for patients and medical history data; 2. It's built to resolve two-way referral system; 3. It manages patient diagnoses using WHO ICD-10 coding system; 4. It integrates modules for medical consultant and laboratory services; 5. It allows for drug prescription by pharmacists while a national drug inventory and pharmaceutical components are being reviewed as upgrade; 6. It provides a collaborative platform where e-consultation and publications are being considered to be implemented. 7. It generate statistics.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

1). We started the pilot by working with Government in the Federal Capital Territory in establishing the mobile component of our solution and termed the program: Mailafiya (Giver of Health) where Intel Corporation supported by donating computers for the Doctors to use in data capture. 2). The Mailafiya mobile integrated health program was officially flagged off by the State Minister and graced by dignitaries within and outside the State including all rural community leaders and health stakeholders. 3). We stepped up the tempo by involving other health facilities since majority quite appreciate the swift availability of statistics. This was achieved by creating the e-health component of the solution so from a click you can query how many patients had malaria at a particular month. 4). The few milestones we have achieved had resulted in my meeting with different State Governors of the Federal because of their interest on the impact of our solution and how we carry the populace along using technology. 5). We have had cause to train 60 medical consultants, 60 pharmacists, 120 laboratory scientists and 80 records personnel across all general hospitals in the country's capital. This is the first time the State has ever recorded such success. 6). Consequently, our solution has been presented to the world on several occasions including the recently concluded Pan African Health Summit held in Nigeria in August. 7). Recently, our program received a national award from the FMoH. We have been working with Government health bodies to achieve much with less time.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

We do not have competitors simply because we are pioneers in this direction combining rural and urban data. But instead, we have several bodies willing to partner with us such as the Federal Millennium Development Goals, Microsoft Corporation, The Department of Economic Planning, Research and Statistics, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, The Federal Ministry of Health, State Hospital Management Board and other State Governors who are seeking funds to implement our program since our program solution is quite customizable. Satisfactorily, Microsoft Corporation just signed an MOU with Government to work with us in this direction especially to create platforms that are very much capable to run across borders! We do not see competitors but partners to achieve immense result
Team

Founding Story

The moment we were able to reach a total of 40,000 records of patients in our database, we presented to Microsoft around November 2010 and they were like Wow! This is lofty! that was where it clicked on my inside 'Aha! This is the way forward!'. Soon afterwards, recognition began pulling in forces. The mobile health component - 'Mailafiya' got several invitations on international presentations and that was when we thought: this solution has the potential to change the world!
About You
Organization:
Deritech Solutions Limited
About You
First Name

Dennis

Last Name

Etuke

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Deritech Solutions Limited

Organization Country

, CT

Country where this project is creating social impact

, CT

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost.

Social Impact
Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

1). To establish a robust central data repository/warehouse where health data will reside for swift decision making.
2). To be among the first successful nomadic and e-health solution providers in the world!
3). To completely fight out diseases associated with the rural settlements across the world.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

1. Over 45,000 patients seen and treated of prevalent diseases such as malaria, diabetes, RTI, etc.
2. Information Technology Knowledge transfer to all rural Doctors and Community Health Workers and of course all urban medical personnel.
3. On-time provision of statistics for better planning with regards distribution of mosquito nets, establishment of PHC facilities in earmarked rural settlements and provision of borehole water supply by Government to curb some of the widespread diseases in some localities.
4. Boosting of our nation's image on a global platform.
5. Annual Health Summits is now being organised resulting from the program.
6. Employment opportunities for voluntary healthcare providers.
7. Healthcare service enhancement in our rural communities.
8. Revenue generation by spending less and reaching more patients using the mobile component of the program.
9. Smiles on the faces of funding bodies.
10.The Federal Ministry of Health is already drawing up a policy!

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

1). To be able to reach over 200,000 rural patients.
2). That our solution will be implemented in at least 10 States of the country and at least 2 countries outside the country Nigeria.
3). Massive employment opportunities
4). Increased access to the rural regions across implementing States
5). Increased number of international presentations in health conferences across the globe
6). Increased number of staff in Deritech Solution to about 500 personnel.
7). To be engaged in promotional activities.
8). To be involved in sponsorship of select rural dwellers.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Funding.
We have already commenced the overcoming process by nominating our programs to attract international funding bodies such as the Rockefeller and the Gate's Foundation.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

To partner with the Federal Government and then scale up to other States. Our solution will track the expansion with ease.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Work with the Federal Ministry of Health on the policy being put together for our program to be adopted for the Federal Capital.

Task 2

Ensure the solution is adopted by ensuring all health facilities are capturing desired data.

Task 3

Run a media broadcast presenting the solution benefits to the State.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Growing from the Federal State to other 36 States of the Federation

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Revisit the policy document with the Federal Ministry of health to cover additional States for replication

Task 2

Ensure smooth replication exercise by engaging other related private sectors

Task 3

Follow up and compare results generated from each State on the web platform to ensure 100% delivery and then initiate next step.

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

1. We partner with Intel Corporation to enjoy best price with their netbook convertible devices for the mobile teams.
2. We partner with Microsoft to get state-of-the-art innovative solutions and best prices in terms of licensing using their framework which might be adopted by other countries as well.
3. We partner with State Government to provide us all necessary supports with regards training, awareness sessions, Television broadcast, etc.
4. We partner with some NGO's who are also seeking funds to implement related projects in other States.
5. We are about partnering with more IT firms

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?

We are already conceptualizing an idea to grow the educational system in Nigeria as well. We have been nominated by the State Government as part of their e-Education Stakeholders among others like HP, Intel and Microsoft.
We have school portals and some education digital content. We have upper hand in this direction because I was once the Technical Program Manager for Intel Corporation and managed the very first e-learning classroom using the Intel-powered Classmate PC world-wide.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list