The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi was among eleven companies awarded a V2030 ICT Innovation Award at a ceremony held in Diani. This was part of the Kenya ICT Board’s Connected Kenya Summit. The Hospital received the award for using ICT to improve the delivery of health services with a combination of Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) and mobile phone technology.
Among our achievements is a central database accessible to the Hospital’s entire countrywide network of 23 branches. Patients are served and monitored using the same file number whenever they visit any of Aga Khan University Hospital centres. Electronic capturing of patient diagnosis has also simplified reporting on the numbers of particular diseases encountered in the institution for a given period.
The Hospital was also recognized for the use of mobile technology to advance service delivery. This is done by using automatic SMS reminders to patients about doctor appointments one day before the due date. Patients can also send SMS to management if they are kept waiting on the queue beyond certain limits. Additionally, automatic SMS are sent to management twice a day from the wards with information on inpatient status.
The Kenya ICT Board and the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat invited companies that have developed solutions that drive economic growth and social development as outlined in Kenya’s Vision 2030 to participate in the inaugural Vision 2030 ICT Innovation Awards.
The Award is co-sponsored by Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP). Over 170 companies participated in the online process. All applications were received on an online platform set up by the Kenya ICT Board that allowed applicants to create an account and fill out their application over time. Of the companies that participated, 82 successfully completed the process.The Kenya ICT Board convened a team of seven independent judges representing the ICT private sector, academia, public sector and civil society.
The judges reviewed each complete proposal against the criteria outlined in the call for applications. To ensure integrity in the process, Deloitte Consulting audited the review process.
Eleven winners were selected in different categories. These were Aga Khan University Hospital,Uzanunua, Mbetsa Innovations Limited, Websimba Limited, Ushahidi, Horizon Contact Centers Limited, Mobikash Africa Limited, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Space Kenya Networks Limited, Virtual Essence Ltd and Anniversary Lab.
The winners each received a commemorative trophy, a certificate and US$ 1,000 prize money from Accenture. The overall best innovation award went to International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) for their mobile ICT based livestock insurance solution. ILRI received an additional US$ 5,000 as their award.