Africa’s e-health start-ups rise, but not all are mobile-first based

Despite the rising number of e-health start ups in Africa, a majority are not mobile phone first, says a recent study. FILE PHOTO | NMG

What you need to know:

  • Start-ups tracked in the High Tech Health: Exploring the African E-health Startup Ecosystem Report 2017, revealed that only 44 per cent of the e-health ventures sampled are mobile-based despite popular belief in the power of the gadget to reach those in far-flung areas of the continent.
  • Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa are early hotspots for e-health entrepreneurs, but research shows a rise in start-ups with substantial communities of e-health innovators emerging in Uganda, Ghana, Egypt and Senegal.
  • The report examined data on e-health start-ups across 20 countries in Africa gathered by Disrupt Africa - a firm that studies continent’s tech start-ups and investments initiatives - between January 2015 and September 2017.
  • The research found 115 firms active in Africa but that not all opted for the mobile phone as a first choice.

ICT use in healthcare provision in Africa is not actually mobile-first despite the number of e-health start-ups accelerating, a new report released last week shows.


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