GHANA – Vien Health, a virtual healthcare solutions provider that describes itself as Africa’s leading virtual healthcare platform, has launched in Ghana to help easy access between patients and doctors digitally.
Vien health was founded on the belief that everyone should have access to quality healthcare.
The company has built a comprehensive solution that makes it easier for patients, organizations and doctors across Africa to connect anytime, anywhere and on any device.
There are several challenges that countries in Africa are facing in the healthcare sector such as lack of access to healthcare services, infrastructure/proximity to hospitals and even poor quality of care.
In particular, Ghana’s patients to physician (medical doctor) ratio is 1000 patients per doctor, according to a World Bank survey from 2015 and 2017 which is still being used presently.
Speaking after the launch, Chief Executive of Vien Health, Gersom Adu, stated that his team chose Ghana as its first stop for the initiative due to the country’s level of advancement in technology compared to other African countries.
“We started in Ghana because we see the technological advancement specifically; the average individual has about two mobile devices and the scalability of how mobile devices are actually increasing in any other country in Africa is more in Ghana right now, we believe that Ghana is the hub for us to build a platform, a system that works for all” he said.
Gersom further indicated that after the launch, they are Looking forward to venturing into other African countries.
He believes Kenya will be their next stop to roll out the program, adding Ghana will facilitate to build that foundation for it to grow and subsequently scale up to the Kenyan market.
“What we want people to know is that, your doctor is closer than before. Now you have access to a medical professional, a specialist right from your phone in any situation whereby you need access to a medical expect right on your phone,” he said.
“So, it is required that you don’t have to wait in long queues to be able to see a doctor. Right from our mobile app you can speak to a doctor; you can get your medication also delivered right at your door step. Our platform is mature and we took a comprehensive for patients and providers to be able to connect.”
Rural areas were not left out either as the Vien team also revealed how they introduced a technology called Cloma.
According to them, Cloma is a virtual kiosk which allows people to be able to deploy to rural areas so that, users that may not have devices still have access to quality healthcare.