iSikCure, a subscription free app launched today in Nairobi by  Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka aims to connect patients with doctors, laboratories, pharmacies and wellness providers, and enable them pay for the health services received from their mobile phones.

For health providers the app promises increased traffic to facilities, ability to manage their schedules and wait-times, get booked and receive pre-payments by patients or their family members.

According to Dr. Mohamed Bayoumy, Country Head of Boehringer Ingelheim in Saudi Arabia and iSikcure Project Manager, “Our work is directed towards enhancing the level of healthcare in Kenya, and support in developing the right infrastructure.”

Bayoumy adds that the app aims to address a broad range of challenges that include general lack of awareness around chronic diseases and risk factors, poor infrastructure for care of acute and chronic diseases, along with the emergency of priority disease areas such as hypertension, diabetes and stroke.

iSikCure is part of the‘Making More Health’ initiative by Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka that aims to facilitate co-creation, innovation and social entrepreneurship for enhanced health.

The partners expect iSikCure to improve access to quality care and safe medicine as it will help patients or households to conveniently find qualified doctors, laboratory services and original medicines when in need of care.

Users earn loyalty MedPoints that can be redeemed when purchasing medicines from distributors and receive a preferred access to select brands and generic medicines from participating distributors at whole sale price.

In Kenya, 1.7 million households report an illness every four weeks. Additionally, approximately six million adult Kenyans with diabetes and hypertension need follow-up care every four weeks. Yet, access to information on where, when and how to seek quality care, diagnostics and medicines is a challenge for households in Kenya and in Africa as a whole.

“Access has always been an ongoing issue, coupled with the affordability of care which is reflected in the USD 5.3 billion in unmet demand for medicines in East Africa. This is due to multiple complications such as unsafe medicines, counterfeit and variable drug costs. The iSikCure app effectively addresses the many challenges patients and healthcare providers face, from having direct access to available services, to having patient record on-line securely,” said Dr. Moka Lantum, CEO of Sagitarix Limited, and the founder of iSikCure.

iSikCure provides a real added value service to all players in the healthcare sector in Kenya and across Africa by providing convenient, trustworthy, and a fully integrated solution to patients, healthcare providers, distributors and wholesalers, as well as employers.