Vodacom SA has launched mobile health services in partnership with Mezzanineware. The mHealth initiative will use real time data to improve client’s access to health facilities.
Jaques De Vos, Mezzanine’s Managing Director said, “This partnership enables the latest mobile health services and solutions to be delivered to any part of the African continent. We already have a dozen live commercial deployments, delivering a cross section of our solutions to the benefit of citizens”
“A stable, robust and wide ranging GSM network is essential to the success of any mobile health solution. While we are network agnostic, locally our partnership with Vodacom enables health providers to cost-effectively manage people, products and services over a distributed area utilizing secure data hosting and innovative mobile technology,” De Vos added.
Even before Vodacom Business’ announcement, SA’s largest national HIV prevention LoveLife, had been using the Mezzanine platform during its health events and as a monitoring tool.
Mezzanine is also involved in a health initiative in Kenya addressing the infant and maternal mortality rates and set to be rolled out April 2013 by the Kenyan integrated mobile Maternal and Newborn Child Health information platform (KimMNCHip) to serve over 8000 facilities countrywide and later spread on the continent to reach an estimated 6 million mothers. The initiative targets mothers and children under 5, health personnel, and health decision makers by allowing real time information sharing and communication of events such as vaccinations, health appointments, alerts and medication reminders.