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Using Telemedicine for Doctors-Patients consultation

My idea involve use of a technology based telemedicine platform for patients to consult doctors online

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My idea involve building a complex telemedicine system consisting of an APP, WEBSITE and USSD CODE system which will enable patients to consult Doctors virtually at the comfort of their homes. 

Telemedicine is largely in the form of Tele-counselling done though a mixture of sharing the clinical details (EMR) of the patient along with a video conference to understand the problem and proffer advice.

"A person can call a hotline number, which is answered by someone who walks them through downloading our app if they don't have the app already on their phone or tablet. They can also log in on a computer. Then a time is scheduled when a provider will be available for the virtual visit, which is a video visit much like FaceTime or Skype, it is called Digital Connect” Calling an emergency number is not enough, healthcare must start there, the patient must feel he is taken care of at this very first contact.

For this without access to Internet, they can text a USSD code system which will give them access to Doctors for consultation. 

A physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner conducts the virtual visit.
Of course ,the  clinicians will be related to a provider and  they can  be supplemented with clinicians from urgent care centers and primary care clinics who have spare time. There are lots of volunteers ready and able to help.

This service will be accessible by everyone living in Nigeria.

What is the need are you focusing on?

In the current crisis scenario, no patient wants to visit a hospital and in other hand all doctors need to maintain social distance from the patient in an attempt to protect themselves. However, even if Every Doctor refuses to see the COVID affected and refer them to specialize centres, the incidence of other diseases, e.g.  diabetes and its day to day care needs like an ulcer in the foot, diarrhoea, cancer, Heart, toothache etc is not going to go down. And even 85% of the COVID affected also can stay at home to avoid overloading of all hospitals and give their infection to others notably the hospital staff. Is it possible to manage such problems even while maintaining social distance? The answer is Yes and that is through Telemedicine. 

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

I am working on building a telemedicine solution which patients can use to consult Doctors.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Through this solution, a lot of people can be able to consult doctors comfortably. This will reduce the prevalence of many diseases among Nigerians in the period of this covid-19 crisis. In the next 6 months ,thus project will impact positively on the lives of over 10million people in Nigeria.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Healthcare Informatics Society of Nigeria.

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

The Healthcare Informatics Society of Nigeria (HISN) is a professional membership driven Association, developed to serve the growing community of Clinical Science, Information Science, Computer Science and Management Science professionals who are tasked with managing the dynamic Health Information Technology life cycle. It is the goal of the association to provide our members with objective insights and guidance on their career path and technology options. all of which are designed to improve the overall of effectiveness of patient care delivery by ensuring that the data generated is of a high quality

What is your profession?

Medical Doctor

Where are you located (country)?


Where are you located (region)?

  • Western Africa

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Academia/Research
  • Healthcare/Medical
  • Technology

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 2-5 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Nonprofit/NGO

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Loans
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

We need support from telecommunication companies in order to build our concept.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

Difficulty in accessing fund and telecommunication partners.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

I am currently doing a research using people living in my community. From my research ,I have learnt that many people will prefer telemedicine as a means of consulting doctors in this covid-19 crisis.

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Very informative article, EMR software is a computer system that helps healthcare providers manage patient medical records and automate clinical workflows. EHR systems allow providers to: Create customizable templates for taking notes during patient encounters. Communicate with patients and staff. To know more about healthcare software you can read this