The Guidelines Adherence in Slums Project (GASP) is a project launched by Health-E-Net that helps healthcare providers in low-resource settings (e.g. slums) to deliver high-quality, evidence-based care. The central idea of this project is the ability to use simple, paper-based tools like rubber stamps (like in the image above) to print specific templates into the patient case sheet. These templates not only serve as checklists and reminders (e.g. criteria for antibiotic use in urinary tract infections), but also allow for data entry (e.g. blood pressure levels, drugs prescribed, etc.). The data entered in these templates are easily extracted using a mobile phone camera and image recognition software to rapidly create a digital record of data entered into paper. There are a number of advantages to such an approach that are detailed in our recent peer-reviewed publication – I’ve got 99 problems but a phone ain’t one!
We published a peer-reviewed article with the title “I’ve got 99 problems but a phone ain’t one!” I’m not sure what to be more proud of – getting the paper published that validates two years of hard work, or getting a Jay Z /Ice-T meme into the title. The phrase, I feel, totally captures the field of e-Health in countries like Kenya, where so much work needs to happen before the revolution in mobile phones, internet penetration and tech startups can address the problems facing healthcare delivery. Please click here to view the article.
It’s great to be featured in the introductory video to 2015’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi (1:26 onwards if you want to cut to Pratap)! #StartTheSpark!
Health-E-Net was one of three Kenyan startups invited to the White House on May 11th. The President spoke at a Global Entrepreneurship Event in the White House recognising the power of entrepreneurship to bring about lasting change. Health-E-Net’s founder Pratap (pictured) was invited to the event along with 15 others entrepreneurs from the 1776 Challenge Cup.
The event at the White House included hosts of the TV show Shark Tank and other members of President Obama’s ambassadors for global entrepreneurship. The event sets the tone for the President’s upcoming trip to Nairobi for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in July.