Disruptive Technologies: The future of Africa's Healthcare

Dear Reader,

Disruptive innovations in healthcare have allowed a whole new population of consumers at the base of the pyramid access to a product or service that was historically only accessible to consumers from the middle and higher income classes.

Advances in healthcare have enabled the successful treatment and management of many diseases that were often fatal just a generation ago. Yet our healthcare still falls short of its potential and faces costs that are unsustainable and unaffordable.

The two dominant business models in health care—those of general hospitals and physician practices—are solution shops that emerged in an era when nearly all medical care relied on the intuition of highly skilled professionals. But over time, these institutions have subsumed under their organizational umbrellas many activities that are perhaps better suited to businesses based on value-adding processes or user-network models.

Established and upcoming disruptive technological models in healthcare attempt to deliver value propositions that are distinct from those of traditional hospitals and physician practices where there is direct medical professional - patient contact. Because these disruptive businesses focus on specific, rules-based portions of health care, they can deliver care at a lower cost and with higher quality due to the predictable variation of these processes. 

This type of health service delivery can be transferred from specialists to generalists, from generalists to nurses and other physician extenders, and ultimately to patients themselves. There is need to have diagnostic and therapeutic technologies that allow nurse practitioners to treat illnesses that often requires specialists to treat. Disruptive innovations both small and large could ensure that health care delivery is inexpensive, not convoluted and more satisfying to consumers. The healthcare industry needs to desperately open doors to market forces and not shudder at the thought of it.

The question remains: Are these technologies sufficient to narrow the gap for accessing healthcare in Africa?

Africa's Population: 900 million

 

 

Can disruptive technologies fill the gap?

Join us at the  Africa Health Business Symposium themed “Growing the Business of Health in Africa” which takes place in Nairobi, Kenya on 6th - 7th October, 2016 to discover, explore and innovate the regional integration of technologies, promoting pro-growth policies and breaking barriers towards increasing the accessibility and affordability of private healthcare across Africa.

Delegates from Ministries of Health, Developmental Partners and Captains of the Industry will converge to further propel effective and true partnerships towards achieving better healthcare in Africa. If you do want to make a difference in this wonderful continent JOIN US and REGISTER NOW to save your space in the limited slots available.

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