Brown's eHealth Consulting and solutions

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Brown's eHealth Consulting and solutions : Fast access Healthcare services

Abuja, NigeriaAbuja, Nigeria
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

This innovation bridges gap between health professionals and patients seeking first hand solutions to health issues. It will garner health professionals to act as online consultants. It cuts across diverse online media platforms.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if patients know where to look for trusted and tested health professionals for consultations and services that are effective, timely, affordable, easy to acces and efficient?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Despite the fact that health professionals are increasing in the health sector, many people cannot get access to quality healthcare and consultations. People cannot meet up with their appointments with doctors because of the distance. Other problems include; ineffective health care services and lack of quality time accorded patients due to the growing number of ill persons and lesser number of health professionals.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

This project leverages ICT to profer solutions. It is utilized as a means of bringing health professionals across diverse fields together. The proposed solutions involves an online interactive session between health professionals and patients. The healthcare professionals and providers get to register with the organisation's site and thus are connected with clients seeking professional consultations and solutions. The platforms also include an android app and social media platforms I.e BBM, Skype, Facebook, and whatsapp. This does not rule out the traditional means of health care but only seeks to further the cause of giving all access to affordable and quality healthcare services. The bottom line is connecting people together.

Awards

It is yet to be awarded.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

This project was created to ease a patient's access to health professionals. In a very unique circumstance, where a patient exhibits the signs and symptoms of illness and is unable to access a health professional for a timely appointment, an online consultation will be of immense benefit. The professional registered to the site gets to ask questions concerning how the patient feels and can possibly prescribe drugs. This consultation could be in the form of a call, a video call, or a secure chat on the media platforms. This line of contact would do much good to relieve the patient. Hence, if pertinent a physical health facility could be provided if demanded by the doctor or the patient. It also helps in anonymity of patients who wish it so.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

This idea is poised to hit the ground running once implemented. This innovation will address the health care obstacles facing underserved communities. As such, over 500 health professionals registered to the site are anticipated once launched. Targeting Abuja in Nigeria, this innovation aims to garner supports from the health parastatals within Abuja. This will further go a long way to draw the attention of health professionals to an innovative way to draw in more steady income using ICT I.e through online consultations when available and on request.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

To sustain this innovation financially, partnership with NGOs, health organisations e.g W.H.O, Ministry of Health, will be sought for to ensure maximum penetration into the health sector. Grants and awards will be applied for at other awarding organizations. In addition to this, once established within this geographical region, awareness will be created through media outlets in other states for penetration. The policies guiding the use of ICT in the health sector will be sought for and understood.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The financial sustainability is projected on a long term basis plan. As such, partnership with NGOs and other health organisation is required to keep the idea running. Profits made from patients seeking professional advice and solutions will be utilized for furthering this cause. In time physical structures will be esblished to increase physical access to the organization.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The hospitals address the health needs of a patient using the traditional means. The use of ICT has become a necessity in the health sector. There are quite a few number of eHealth organizations working to improve healthcare that deal with telemedicine that is quite complex to begin with. This project elucidates a very simple means of getting access to quality health care professionals and providers online. In addition to this, it cuts across social media platforms like Skype, Facebook, BBM, Whatspp etc.
Team

Founding Story

A few years ago, I was infected with tonsillitis without my knowledge. I felt uneasy in my throat but dismissed it as a minor issue that would terminate on its own. Due to the rigors of trying to contact a health professional this contributed to my dismissal. At a point, it became unbearable in the middle of the night as I felt like I was dying and I panicked. I risked my life and that of my family trying to get to hospital in the middle of the night. After hours of waiting for the doctor, I was only prescribed an antibiotic. If I had access to an online professional who would have calmed my fears, that would never have happen. I realised ICT has become a necessity in every sphere of life.

Team

I, Elijah Etido, is the founder of this project. I hold a degree in B.Sc Microbiology with First class honors. I have basic skills in website programming and design. I am responsible for supervising this project and ensuring every part is kept running. I have held leadership position as a student in the past. Thus, I am very confident of this success of this project once set in motion. I have a vision to ensure that health care in the health sector is transformed through the use of ICT. My members include; Daniel Afiakurue, a computer science and information technology student responsible for the website update and management and other ICT applied developments and Hope Elijah, an accounting student responsible for handling the financial statements and logistics of the organization. Once the idea is set in motion, human resources will be garnered to ensure that the project is sustained.
CO-CREATION IDEA: Please offer a brief description of how you imagine a win-win partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim to better serve unmet needs in health. (Hint: Please mention the underlying business model envisioned that would make such a partnership sustainable.)

A long-term partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim is envisioned to bring immense benefits to both parties. Boehringer will contribute by means of providing funds for this project. Boehringer Ingelheim can also act a part in this project by adding to the board of directors for the project. In addition to this , being a pharmaceutical company, it will be patronized for drugs. In essence, this project will connect clients seeking drugs with boehringer Ingelheim. More so, Boehringer Ingelheim can produce drugs to target the specific need of these clients in terms of affordability. Thus, this partnership will be a win win for all.

NEEDS: Based on you response above, please specify which of the following resources, operations or expertise by Boehringer Ingelheim you imagine leveraging to actualize the proposed co-creation opportunity. Please check all that apply. (Hint: while financing is often critical to scale, we are also interested in understanding what other assets or expertise could be leveraged).

Research and Development, Relationships/New Contacts, Manufacturing, Human Resources, Legal Support, Technology Expertise, Public Policy Knowledge, Access to Capital.

EXPLANATION OF NEEDS: Please explain your choices in more detail.

Relationships and New contacts are required to seek assistance in scaling this innovation. Human resources will be harnessed but in a little number for a start to set the project running. Public policy knowledge is important to understand the policies guiding and serving as obstacle to the birth of this project. Legal support is required to protect the intellectual rights of the project. Access to capital is an essential part of this project to garner support where and when needed. Research and development and manufacturing are also required for the drugs produced for the clients.

OFFER: What are the main assets you may contribute in a co-creation partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim that would better serve unmet needs in health?

Deep understanding of an unmet need in a specific market/context, Access to and established trust with customers/beneficiaries, Insights into pricing and financing of health products/services, Insights into marketing, Insights into distribution.

FOCUS AREAS: Which of the following best describes the main focus of your project? (select all that apply)

Improving the affordability of healthcare (e.g., microinsurance, reducing the economic cost of care), Holistic solutions that work across the entire care continuum (including education, prevention, detection, treatment, management, follow-up), Models that engage other industry players (e.g., nutrition, athletic, mobility organizations)., Remote care solutions for health management, treatment, and diagnosis, Packaging of health products and services to address needs currently unmet.

SECONDARY ENTRY FORM
Please share what your organisation and Boehringer Ingelheim will Co-Create together
Please specify what your Co-Creation will result in:

If you selected "other" above, please explain:
Please provide a 1-2 sentence summary of your Co-Creation idea
How does this project link to the core mission of your organisation?
Beyond social impact, how does this project link to Boehringer Ingelheim’s core business?
What are the specific inputs and actions that each side will contribute to this Co-Creation idea based on each of your unique competencies and experiences?
Please describe the potential revenue model for this Co-Creation idea.
What possible risks or challenges do you foresee?
Is there anything else you would like to share about your Co-Creation idea?
How much input do you hope to receive from Boehringer Ingelheim?

If you selected "other" above, please explain:
Besides Boehringer Ingelheim, what other types of partners might be valuable to carrying out your Co-Creation idea, and why?