A technology firm, Springville Consulting in recognition of immense developmental gap has teamed up with an international technology company Ktwo of India, to bring next- generation healthcare solutions to Nigeria.
The Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Chuks Melville Chibundu said the telemedicine is not new but that this technology is a special diagnostic solution that is targeted at rural community health centres in the country.
“It is a solution that imbeds diagnostic equipment and is analysed by a computer that will give you a real-time result of basic diagnostic test that a patient will normally take,” he said.
For instance, the solution will analyse in real-time, malaria, typhoid, tuberculosis, do some heart test through electrocardiography (ECG), blood sugar test and all those test that we can programme within our programme. It will give you immediate results as soon as the samples are put on the chambers.
He explained that the technology comes in set alongside other diagnostic equipment as it has a small ECG attached to it, microscope, the computer itself which is embedded with the necessary software to analyse all the samples that you have, a bed where the patient can lie-down on, an ECG strap and other equipment.
According to Chibundu “You can also have an x-ray attached to it which our technology partners are working out the best way to fit in the x-ray to the entire equipment because some of these equipment that we are attaching to it are not proprieted to the technology. So a patient who has no access to any form of laboratory test to determine if it is fever, malaria, and typhoid or whether there is a heart condition now has access to all these tests, meanwhile these are services that are available at the state level.”
On how the technology will be accessed by the rural audience, he said it is very simple as the community people don’t necessarily need to know how the technology works.
“The person that we are more concerned about is the trained paramedic that is going to be attached to this technology to manage it. The solution is menu-drive. All the person does is to key-in to it, getting the person a little knowledgeable about the system itself.