06 May 2022 | Friday | News
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LaFiya Telehealth provides medical care access to patients living in urban and rural areas across Nigeria. Using the platform, patients are able to connect with doctors and pharmacists regardless of their location or financial status to receive prescriptions, schedule drug delivery, have virtual consults, and more.
LaFiya Telehealth has integrated NuraLogix's Anura, a groundbreaking product that uses patented transdermal optical imaging (TOI) technology to provide contactless vital sign monitoring, into a new service offering called the "AI HealthChecker." Using the LaFiya website, app, or kiosk, patients are able to receive instant medical-grade health and wellness measurements after a 30-second video selfie. The vital sign measurements can be shared through email or SMS with regional healthcare professionals for diagnosis, treatment and medical advice. This integration enables patients to have a better understanding of their health, and provides medical professionals with the appropriate information to assess, triage, and recommend treatment. The "AI HealthChecker" is currently integrated into 10 hospitals, 10 medical lab centers, and over 1500 pharmacies across Nigeria.
The integration of the NuraLogix's Anura into the LaFiya AI HealthChecker began on January 17, 2022, and is now fully functional. There are currently over 540 users on the "AI HealthChecker" who have tested the service and provided positive feedback.
In addition to increasing access to healthcare for rural residents, this integration will also help eradicate neglected tropical diseases (NTD's) across Nigeria, and will decrease maternity and infant mortality rates. Some regions currently only have one hospital within 100km serving a population of more than 35,000, leaving patients with no access to healthcare, or a lengthy travel journey.
Other benefits of this partnership include lower cost of healthcare delivery, and preventing "brain drain" when talented professionals leave the region to seek work elsewhere.
The next steps in this partnership are to begin the mobile version integration. LaFiya Telehealth also plans to continue to build partnerships with local health providers, hospitals, government, NGO's, schools and organizations to build models of care to support regions with few healthcare providers.