Nelson Mandela University‘s Centre of Community Technologies Prof Darelle van Greunen speaks after the homegrown healthcare app Ncediso™ ended in the top three and won the top innovation award in the category of high social impact at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa hosted by Zimbabwe
The centre has developed an application to make healthcare and medical information more accessible to those with limited resource
“The feedback on the value of the App has been tremendous. Every day people send us messages to share how the App is helping them in their daily lives and how their families are using it. The range of users vary from the original intended audience, namely community healthcare workers, to the person in the street, Uber drivers, students, teachers, factory workers – the list goes on. The App is well received in other parts of Africa,”‘ says van Greunen.
She says with the help of investors, the Centre aims to expand the App to include live interaction with healthcare staff closest to the user and to add a dynamic list of the closest healthcare facilities. This will assist with quicker access to a facility or healthcare worker once certain symptoms are identified using the App.
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