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CEO Weekends: mHealth product ZiDi receives good reviews and plans to move from Beta phase



Health services in Africa will have a boost from ZiDi an innovative cloud based service that allows doctors to have real time information about their patients.

ZiDi by Microclinictech that is currently in Beta phase has reported good results from clinics in Kisumu and indicate that health workers are enthusiastic over what the product can do to improve their services.

The service also provides inventory management for medicine and also can detail medicine recommended for any patient and can be accessed through mobile phones and tablets. The service can run offline, to ensure data is collected throughout, even in regions where there is no data coverage.

“ZiDi is the first enterprise m-Health solution designed specifically for lower levels of care in Africa – i.e., for dispensaries and health centers and outpatients department of sub-district hospitals,” Moka Lantum Managing Partner at MicroClinic Technologies said.

Lantum said that, “ZiDi was designed to address the needs of health workers and health managers – notably, improve commodity securities by empowering nurses with an easy to use solution for quantification and ordering essential supplies; fostering accountability for human resources, materials and out-of-pocket fees collected from patients; and promote adherence to clinical guidelines recommended by the ministry of health.”

More companies in Africa have been using relevant technologies such as the mobile phone to implement ehealth initiatives to help low income communities to access health services.

Earlier this year Vodacom South Africa launched mHealth service in association with Mezzanine Ware. Some of the solutions can be accessed through mobile devices such as phones and tablets, so that workers can access rural areas and gather information.

“Our goal is to continue innovating and adding features that minimize the administrative burden on health workers as well facilitating resource planning and the involvement of stakeholders in data-driven decision making. Our next major update will facilitate remote monitoring of quality of care, especially for deliveries,” Lantum said.