Smart Applications | KMA Sign MoU Aimed At Digitizing Health Care Sector

Smart Applications | KMA Sign MoU Aimed At Digitizing Health Care Sector

25-03-2022

Smart Applications International has signed a partnership with the Kenya Medical Association to promote automation and digitization of the health care sector in the country.

Our President, Dr. Were Onyino, said the deal will enhance the use of Smart Patient Engagement App across members of the Association, which will be used to automate doctor-patient interaction, including automation of patient appointment booking.

He said medical practitioners will also experience the convenience of using the SmartHealth app, a management information system for hospitals, also developed by the Smart Applications.

“The backbone of this partnership is to positively contribute towards the Kenyan government healthcare strengthening plan by extending locally developed technological solutions in solving local health care needs,” he stated.

Dr.Onyino also noted that with the use of technology, they will be able to deal with medical fraud.

On his part, Smart Applications International Group Managing Director Harrison Muiru said the future of health care lies in the use of telemedicine and other technological innovations, in delivering accessible, affordable and quality health care.

“Our long-standing mission has always been to inspire convenience through technology. This partnership will promote mutual growth in meeting harmonized objectives that better national health care objectives,” he said.

“KMA is set to provide thought leadership in the healthcare industry by leveraging on this partnership. We, as an association, believe in creating a platform that amplifies the use of technologies that add value to our members & association at large,” said Dr. Were Onyino, President, Kenya Medical Association.

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The Medical field is a dynamic space and we have seen tremendous growth in the adoption of technology in the delivery of health services, especially during this Covid 19 pandemic.

The Future of Healthcare lies in the use of Telemedicine and other technological innovations in delivering accessible, affordable, and quality health care and we are glad to partner with Smart Applications in making this a reality as we embark on the UHC Journey, he added.

“Our long-standing mission has always been to inspire convenience through technology. We value our partners and thus maintain a mandate to nurture this engagement to see the people of Kenya benefit from the package being ratified here.” said Harrison Muiru, the Group Managing Director, Smart Applications International.

Smart and KMA continue to journey on the path that entrenches simplicity, precision, and strength in the National Healthcare Systems pillar, all the way with Kenyans at heart.

PRESS STATEMENT - DOCTORS’ VOICES ESSENTIAL FOR SHAPING HEALTHCARE POLICY IN KENYA

The Kenya Medical Association is the professional association of registered doctors in Kenya, with the twin mission of championing for the welfare of doctors and advocating for quality health care for all.
Since its founding in 1968, the Kenya Medical Association has been a key stakeholder in the health sector and has promoted the practice of high-quality medicine in Kenya. This has harmoniously been through partnership with the Ministry of Health and its agencies in developing sound policies which have transformed the health sector in Kenya. Indeed, our involvement in the several technical working groups at the Ministry speaks highly of the pivotal role we have played in making our health system one of the best in East and Central Africa
As the professional representatives of doctors who are fundamental to quality healthcare provision, KMA is an ardent supporter of the design and smooth implementation of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Kenya. Successful implementation of UHC will ultimately depend on the services we provide to Kenyans, in collaboration with other professional cadres of healthcare workers. Therefore, doctors should regularly be consulted and their voices heard when developing policies in the management of healthcare in Kenya. Anything less than this is bound to have disastrous outcomes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized Health Care Professionals as an essential pillar in the governance of healthcare systems. These professionals form a necessary representation on boards and councils that are key to the delivery of UHC and in healthcare governance in general.
Currently, KMA is a member of the NHIF Board where we have contributed to the reform agenda aimed at optimizing the organization in its readiness to implement UHC. The current proposed National Hospital Insurance Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2021, that leaves the KMA unrepresented

 

 

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20/08/2021 - STATEMENT ON THE MANAGEMENT OF THE PREVAILING COVID 19 PANDEMIC

The Kenya Medical Association is the professional association of registered doctors in Kenya, with the twin mission of championing for the welfare of doctors and advocating for quality health care for all.
KMA through our Covid 19 Response Committee continually offers advice and recommendations on specific areas of concern, based on International Best Practice, National Guidelines and the prevailing circumstances.
The Association has noted with great concern the steady increase of Covid 19 positive cases in pregnant women. “Data has demonstrated that pregnant women are more likely to have severe Covid disease, including the increased risk of ICU admission and death, especially those in the third trimester of pregnancy, and that still birth and preterm birth is more likely (compared to pregnant women without Covid 19.) Pregnant women with underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of severe illness” (KOGS 13th August 2021).
KMA reiterates the advisory that pregnant and breastfeeding women should access the Covid 19 Vaccines. The benefits outweigh the minimal risk of adverse maternal or fetal effects from the vaccines.
KMA is also concerned about the increase in reported cases of Covid 19 in our learning institutions. This has led to school closures, absenteeism and a general state of anxiety in the education sector.

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STATEMENT ON THE MANAGEMENT OF THE PREVAILING 4TH WAVE OF THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC

STATEMENT ON THE MANAGEMENT OF THE PREVAILING 4TH WAVE OF THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC

The Kenya Medical Association is the professional association of registered doctors in Kenya, with the twin mission of championing for the welfare of doctors and advocating for quality health care for all.
The Association has noted with great concern the steady increase of Covid 19 positive cases country wide over the last few weeks. According to the data released by the Ministry of Health yesterday, we recorded a high of 1259 positive cases, with a positivity rate of 15.6%.
This increase in the patient load is putting immense pressure on our already constrained resources. Of particular note is the severe shortage of ICU beds, medical oxygen, PPEs and medical personnel. 185 patients are currently in Intensive Care, 43 of whom are on ventilatory support, and 86 on supplementary oxygen. Another 445 patients are separately on supplemental oxygen with 399 of them in general wards and 46 of them in High Dependency Units.
KMA calls upon the government to secure the health and wellbeing of front-line healthcare workers, by facilitating access critical care services, vaccines and psychosocial support. We insist on further investment in nationwide testing, robust research and increased human resource as stipulated in the Ministry of Health HRH guidelines for management of Covid 19.
KMA urges the county governments to ensure they have functional isolation and Intensive Care Units to cater for the increasing demand, provide sufficient PPEs to all healthcare workers, and prioritize so that these key workers receive their remuneration and other benefits on time.

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