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20 Startups In Nigerian Digital Health

There are phenomenal things going on in the tech startup space currently in Nigeria. Most recently, Andela, a talent accelerator founded in Nigeria and the U.S raised a big round of funding from the Chan Zuckerberg initiative. There have been similar fundraising and huge milestone successes in fintech and other consumer tech startups.

The Nigerian health tech space on the other hand hasn’t received much attention from investors or the media. Some token mentions pop up now and again but nothing particularly concrete. One may hence be led to believe that there aren’t startups doing much in the space. My experience over the last 2 years as a health tech founder would suggest otherwise. In that time I’ve come across more than a handful of startups doing great work in a difficult yet rewarding digital health space.

Here are only 20 of many such startups I’ve come across. Please feel free to suggest additions in the comment section. Inspiration for putting this list together is from the guys at Nigeria health Watch who are putting together a health tech conference in September. I wrote about the conference here. I hope all startups and techies interested in health make it to the conference.

Further inspiration for this is from Steve Blank who advocates a collaborative learning process to aid founders in non silicon valley ecosystems succeed:

“Keep asking questions, and try to rough it into a framework…”

I plan to reach out to these startups to hear their stories and rough out a playbook for digital health in Nigeria we can all benefit from.

I’ve crudely categorized the startups by their primary targets. Information on what they do, channels and business models is drawn from the respective websites or social media accounts and my own inference. I’ve avoided companies that operate as consultancies to focus more on startups with specific products or services. Any errors are mine and I stand corrected.

Here goes:

Category 1 — Startups targeting patients

1. Safermom

SaferMom addresses the high maternal and infant mortality crises in Nigeria. Delivers vital health information to new and expectant mothers using interactive, personalized low cost mobile technologies, including SMS and voice calls in the local languages.

Model — B2B/ Donor funding

Channels — SMS, web, mobile app

W — http://www.safermom.org/

T — https://twitter.com/safermom

2. Omomi

Helps parents keep their children healthy by enabling them easily monitor their children’s health. Parents can track their child’s immunization status, manage diarrhea at home with interactive DIY platform and access to speak to doctors as well as other parents. It also provides a fun and very educating quiz which gives parents simple health education knowledge.

Model — B2C/ B2B/ Donor funding

Channels — web, android, SMS

W — www.mobicure.biz

3. Find-a-med

Helps users find the closest health and medical centers around them with turn-by-turn directions to the centers has launched in Nigeria.

Find-A-Med uses your location either via the web or mobile to find the nearest hospital, clinic, pharmacy, dental care, eye care, therapy, laboratory, etc.

Model — B2B

Channels — android

W – http://www.find-a-med.com/

T – https://twitter.com/Find_A_Med

4. Kangpe

Ask Real Doctors Your Health Questions. Get Answers Under 10 Minutes. Find a doctor and book appointment feature

Model — B2C/ B2B

Channels — android, web

W — www.kangpe.com

T — https://twitter.com/kangpehealth

5. Mobidoc

A simple, mobile health consultation application for everyone.

Currently pre-launch

Model — B2C/ B2B

Channels — mobile

W — mobidoc.ng

Category 2 — Startups targeting doctors/clinics/ hospitals

6. Meditell

Enables Hospitals assist their patients in taking their drugs through reminder alerts. The patient receives the exact time to take their medications via an automated voice call and a text message that’s sent to the phone.

Model — B2B

Channels — Web, SMS, Voice

W — http://meditell.com.ng/

T — https://twitter.com/meditellco

*Website currently down, incubated at leadpath

7. Medismart

Medismarts Inc. develops and sells compelling, integrated healthcare software that uses advanced technologies to improve medical practice productivity for Health insurance companies and Hospitals.

SmartHMO product is an enterprise application that automates back office administration and claims adjudication.

Integrated Tool for Healthcare Management (HMS), designed to streamline the business practices of hospitals and clinics. Through its electronic patient information system, HMS ensures optimum use of the medical records of patients.

Community health product designed to manage biometrics enrollment as well as managing the data across communities to obtain Biometric Information of the subscribers in order to use same for verification upon the need to access health care.

Model — B2B

Channels — Web

W — http://medismarts.com.ng/

*Received funding from sasware

8. Apmis

APMIS is a simple means to capture, store, exchange and utilize healthcare data/information easily, transparently, securely in an affordable low cost (cost effective) manner using information technology. It solves the problems associated with data/information/knowledge for hospital owner, healthcare professionals, care givers, patients, government, health maintenance organization and other healthcare stakeholder.

APMIS is more than just an electronic health records (EHR) system or a hospital management software (HMS), it is an innovative Health Information System (HIS) that connects all stakeholders together on a single platform to harness the value that is inherent in our connectedness either for health service delivery, education, research or administration.

Model — B2B

Channels — web

w — http://www.apmis.ng/

9. Medenhanz

Medenhanz is an accessible and affordable web-based and mobile application for point of care clinical reference and continuing medical education

Provides online CPD, standard treatment guidelines, clinical reference database, drug infromation

Model — B2B

Channels — web, mobile app

W — http://www.medenhanz.com/

T — https://twitter.com/MedEnhanz

10. Dokilink

Social network for doctors. Provides an avenue to connect, discuss and earn

Model — B2B

Channels — web

W — http://dokilink.com/

T — https://twitter.com/dokilink

11. Medical device as a service (MDAAS)

Provides hospitals with a range of medical device acquisition options and offer world-class service support with each device.

W— http://www.mdaasnigeria.com/

T — https://twitter.com/mdaasnigeria

Category 3 — Startups targeting pharmaceuticals

12. drugstoc

Helps licensed Pharmacies, Hospitals, and Medical Professionals order pharmaceutical products directly from officially accredited distributors

Model — B2B

Channels — web

Web — http://drugstoc.com/

Twitter — https://twitter.com/Integrahealth

13. medrep.ng

Tool to help pharmaceutical sales rep and pharma companies manage their sales teams

W — http://www.medrep.ng/

* website currently down

14. Wella Health

Helps community pharmacies keep dispensing records and use automated SMS messages to promote drug adherence and patient loyalty.

Channels — web, android app, SMS

Model — B2B

W — www.wellahealth.com

T — https://twitter.com/wellahealth

15. Gen-rx

Pharmacy inventory application. Features include: Expiry Date Auto-Detection, Overdose Auto-Detection, Drug Interactions Auto-Detection.

Model — B2B

Channels — web

W — http://agcnigeria.org/

Category 4 — Startups that don’t quite fit in above

16. Healththink

Big data analytics platform for Nigerian health data. Currently Pre-launch

W — http://www.healththink.org/

17. Lifebank

LifeBank is a platform that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria to save lives. We mobilize blood donations, take inventory of all blood available in the country, and deliver blood in the right condition to the point of need.

Model — B2B

Channels — mobile app

W— http://www.lifebank.ng/

T — https://twitter.com/LifeBankNigeria

18. Redbank

Redbank is a service that helps hospitals and patients quickly and easily search and find safe blood in real time via SMS.

Model — B2B

Channels — SMS, android app

W — www.redbank.com.ng

T— https://twitter.com/redbankng

19. Ubenwa

Ubenwa is saving newborn lives by enabling quick and cost-effective diagnosis of birth asphyxia from infant cry.

Birth Asphyxia is one of the top 3 causes of infant mortality in Africa, causing the death of about 1.2 million infants and severe life-long disabilities (such as cerebral palsy, deafness, and paralysis) to an equal number annually. “If newborns who have asphyxia can be detected early enough, we may be able to save their lives”

Ubenwa applies machine learning to develop an intelligent system that can take input of an infant’s cry, analyse the frequency patterns in the cry and provide an instant diagnosis of birth asphyxia. The test results have shown a Sensitivity of 100% and Specificity of 88%.

Model — B2B

Channels — mobile app

W — http://ubenwa.com/

20. Numa Health

Numa gives access to reliable high quality health information, to help make the right healthcare decisions.

Pre-launch

W — www.numa.io

T — https://twitter.com/numa_health

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