Kenyan healthtech startup Afya Rekod launching AI platform to curb Covid-19

Healthcare data

Kenyan health tech startup Afya Rekod is about to launch an AI and blockchain consumer-driven, health data platform in support of global efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

The platform will provide a portal for people across the world to store their health data in real time, with a special focus on Covid 19.

The system, which is built to help users store their own health data, access health information and connect to health service providers was initially set to launch at the end of July 2020.

"Afya Rekod is a medical data storage platform that allows patients to store their health records, the medication they take as well as keep journals of their statuses and that of their kids and families,” said John Kamara, the founder and CEO of Afya Rekod. "The platform is AI driven and uses various AI modules to help detect abnormalities, detect early outbreaks and monitor mobility and evolution of diseases via timely data analytics."

Afya Rekod is currently in discussions with various governments and developing partners to explore how their efforts can be accelerated urgently for Covid-19, according to the company.

Kamara points to how the startup is trying to solve an acute third world problem, as Africa and many third world countries have limited doctors and access to health care services.

“Lack of patient data in real time makes the problem even more damaging to both patients and health service providers across the continent. Over 65 per cent of Africans live in rural communities that are not connected and are off grid in terms of access to health care services,” explained Kamara.