Tell us about your partnerships
As a student at the University of Cape Town in the Information Systems department my department has offered me their full support in terms of knowledge and advice as well as the use of our soon-to-be-completed mobile innovation lab in partnership with Samsung.
I have also contacted the Western Cape government who have expressed interest in such a system and will pursue a potential partnership both in terms of communal/health resources as well as finance.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
Currently Poco is aimed primarily and foremost at low income families and individual in remote rural communities and farms that do not have direct access to a health care provider, specifically the government's health services which are free of charge to a certain level.
A potential growth strategy, failing adoption by government, sees the provision of premium health services at a subscription rate to middle to high income households in rural as well as urban areas.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Poco is built on a PHP & MySQL platform, able to run on virtually any computer. It relies only on a SMS/USSD gateway provided by a cellular service provider and the implied loyalty of the clinics/doctors.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list