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So we thought, what if we could leverage mobile technology to enhance access to healthcare. What if health advice could be at hand? This is YAPILI. We deliver Health@Hand.
It is easy to use, maintain and scale. YAPILI brings the innovative model to healthcare and relies on three elements leading it to success at scale: real-time, crowd-based and peer-to-peer. YAPILI leads by example in terms of data privacy and safety and security of the platform. We believe that enhancing access to health in Africa is no longer confined to borders thanks to technological development. The purpose of YAPILI is to decentralize access to quality health advice and centralize medical data.
● The ability to create a profile, including confidential medical history that is always at
the user’s fingertips to access whenever they need to;
● The ability to choose a licensed doctor with whom users can communicate,
confidentially and securely online;
● The ability to open a case regarding a medical concern or question, and communicate
via real time chat with the chosen doctor regarding the user’s health complaint.
YAPILI leverages upon existing knowledge regarding mhealth in Africa (what works and
what doesn’t work), combined with the international peer-to-peer approach that has
strengthened existing tech models. Similar solutions include platforms such as HelloDoctor (South Africa), iVitalz (Zambia), Kangpe (Nigeria), and passive market contributors such as Google search and Facebook groups for targeted health advice. However, we distinguish ourselves in several ways that
provide undeniable value to our users. Firstly, unlike other platforms such as Facebook
groups and HelloDoctor, seeking health advice via YAPILI’s platform is a completely
anonymous process (i.e. the personal identity of patients is not revealed to licensed doctors on
the platform). Because of this, coupled with the fact that users are assured in the quality of
advice from licensed doctors on the platform, users are empowered to speak openly about
health issues that may otherwise go unaddressed, without fear of stigma. In contrast to other
dedicated health platforms for the African market, YAPILI is low cost to users, which
provides a user with unlimited access to the platform and eliminates cost-related barriers to
access.14 We know that, when examining other mHealth solutions in Africa, scalability is a
recurring issue due to the limited amount of doctors in our target market. Reliance solely on
the African health workforce only perpetuates the ongoing problem of limited doctors per
population. YAPILI’s model includes doctors based in and out of Africa to improve
scalability and access for users.
Due to our knowledge of the current market, we also have a perspective on the challenges can that be faced when delivering cross-border medical advice. We know that, despite
smartphone usage growing in Africa, many still do not have access to Internet and also may
not even be able to read. We are working to address this with NGO partners, to provide
access to YAPILI for more persons via community care providers. To avoid the development
of a parallel system in which YAPILI is separate from the main health system, in our
roadmap we plan to work with Ministries of Health to integrate YAPILI within local health
systems to provide more streamlined referrals, making YAPILI a new entry point into
African health systems.
opportunities include the subscription plans for: 2) Big Data reports and analytics, 3) Referrals to healthcare providers, clinics and pharmacies (directory, appointments, transfer & upkeep of digital user profile and health history, e-prescriptions, payments), 4) Digital Advertising services for digital market outreach towards segmented populations.
October 2018: Botnar Challenge Winner (Tanzania)
June 2018: Semi Finalist in European Health Catapult - Digital Health Category (Germany)
June 2018: Semi Finalist in Ideas4Action Africa
May 2018: Winner of the Telemedicine Challenge by Sanofi Africa at VivaTech (France)
January 2018: Second Prize Award & Public Award for The Hague Innovators Challenge (Netherlands)
November 2017: Winner of Seedstars Botswana
October 2017: Winner of The Spindle Innovation Public Award (Netherlands)
May 2017: The Hague Company of the Month by West Holland
• healthcare providers in order to manage their referrals for physical examinations and over the counter medicine;
• organisations requiring segmented user base & initiative/commercial leads;
• organisations for real-time, anonymised and aggregated data on user demographics, risk factors, and diagnoses via YAPILI Data UI enabling informed and effective
decision-making and improvements of care, particularly data on healthcare demand.