PharmAccess Business Breakout: Living the new normal with digital health support against Covid-19


PharmAccess Business Breakout: Living the new normal with digital health support against Covid-19

On Friday 12 June, Dr. Maxwell Antwi (Country Director of the PharmAccess Foundation) hosted GNBCC's first Business Breakout on digital health support against Covid-19. GNBCC together with its members organizes a series of Business Breakouts facilitating an exclusive online dialogue on doing business. PharmAccess Foundation is currently at the forefront of fighting the Covid-19 virus in Ghana.

Africa with its fragile health care systems seems the least affected continent so far. PharmAccess Foundation provides support in better understanding the development of the virus and its implications. They are using various (digital) tools to support businesses manage Covid-19 challenges:

  • Connecting staff to credible information from the medical team
  • Daily remote screening of staff using key symptoms and connecting to psychological support, medical advice and guidance
  • Connecting staff suspected of Covid-19 for testing and support during self-quarantine
  • Remote support for self-isolating staff and recovered staff (post-discharge)
  • Complement overall national Covid-19 response

One of the highlighted components of CovidConnect is the launch of a mobile application for symptoms monitoring and triaging. This is a new virtual monitoring app with a back-end care coordination centre that gives subscribers access to needed clinical support from a team of medical experts, and provides users access to credible sources of information on Covid-19. The app helps to early detect suspected cases, which will prevent the virus to develop into the heavier cases.

The service is developed by Luscii and set up by the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) and PharmAccess Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Health. It was launched on 23 April in Ghana, the app is ISO 270001 and free of data charged for the MTN network. It is also rated by the European Union’s Medical Device Directive as a 1st class: meeting the highest privacy and confidentiality requirements. The app is not only being used in Ghana but also by the Ministry of Health in the Netherlands, Ireland, and Nigeria (Lagos State). The Digital Health Service is at no cost to staff or employers. Recently the 1000th patient was subscribed to the mobile application.

Curious? Read more about CovidConnect here and watch the full video on CovidConnect here

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