New mobile app for accessible health care

BY: Graphic Business
Mobile apps are gaining importance in healthcare sectors as patients and doctors benefit from medical apps
Mobile apps are gaining importance in healthcare sectors as patients and doctors benefit from medical apps

A new mobile health application to provide public education on Covid-19 and respond to pressing questions from the public about the pandemic has been developed.  

Designed with the motive of reducing face-to-face doctor consultation and congestion at health facilities, the all-new app will allow patients to have direct access to doctors and health experts who are readily available to respond to and address all issues of public health concern pro bono.

A media statement issued in Accra said Bisa Technologies, a leading software developing company, developed the new app which aims to be the pioneer of telemedicine in Africa on two major fronts: firstly in information dissemination with regard to disease prevention and control and, secondly, in connecting patients to doctors through the use of technology.

Implemented through the develoPPP programme, the initiative is engineered in partnership with GIZ Ghana and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and financed by the German government through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The develoPPP programme was established by BMZ to, among other things, support and foster the involvement of the private sector in developing countries and emerging economies.

The Managing Director of BISA Technologies, who is also the brain behind the application, Mr Raindolf Owusu, indicated that the data gathered on the BISA platform would adhere to doctor-patient confidentiality.

He said alternatively, health experts would be able to detect outbreaks of diseases at an early stage and decision-makers could also implement the right policies to meet the healthcare needs of people and communities.

“During this time, the BISA app will serve as an opportunity for users to receive health information on the pandemic, check their symptoms and receive expert advice. The tool will also serve as a means for health authorities to follow up on patients being treated at home and will also provide psychological support for survivors and health workers,” he said.