Best Ideas 2022 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Doro health project
Explain your idea in details:
The Doro health project is an integrated information system for managing all aspects of hospital operations such as medical, financial, administration and complaints. It includes electronic health records, consultations and report management. Hospitals and health care facilities improve the quality of health care services, reduce operation costs and improve the revenue cycle. Our system helps to connect patients to medical doctors, enables patients to book appointments with a doctor, facilitates hospital consultation, stores patients medical records electronically, reduces hospital operation cost, enable easy transmission of health-related information from the ministry of public health to patients, permits patients to have a chat with a doctor from the comfort of their home and improves patient-doctor relationship. My venture is solving the problem of healthcare access. In most African countries, particularly Cameroon, patients face difficulties accessing medical care as they have to trek/ travel for long distances to a hospital. After reaching the hospital,they queue for a long period of time before seeing the doctor. In other cases, they don't get to see the doctor at all as they may visit the hospital when the doctor had travelled. Situations like this discourages many patients from going to the hospital at times. Doro solves this problem as patients will be able to book their appointments with a doctor through the app and get to visit the hospital at the scheduled time. My solution has introduced a new system of storing hospital data by using cloud based technology. Most sub Saharan African inhabitants uses notebooks for hospital consultations and medical record storage. Most patients oftentimes misplace these notebooks which create difficulties to some medical personnel to make use of past data so as to administer treatments. This creates problems as some doctors end up giving some drugs to patients who are allergic to it.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
My solution targets both doctors and patients in the sub saharan regions of Africa. We impact their life positively by improving their living standard and helping to fight poverty by reducing patient's expenditure. One of our project's beneficiary, Api Precious recounted a problem she faced which caused her to spend a huge sum of money in vain while trying to access healthcare. She said they was once a time she was recommended to a specialist in a different region which is about 275km from her own region. She had to travel to go and see the doctor, but unfortunately, when she reached the hospital, she was told that the doctor had travelled abroad to catch up with some things. So, she ended up not seeing the doctor. She concluded by saying if our project was existing within that period, she would have booked and confirm an appointment with the doctor before travelling. In that case, she would be sure of meeting the doctor. We plan to evaluate our success towards our impact goals by studying the variations in pattern in: The number of lives saved and doctors availability during emergency situations before, during and after the implementation of the Doro health. The living standard of Doro users compared to non-users before, during and after the implementation of the Doro health project.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
We plan to be sustainable by charging a 10% commission from every successful virtual consultation carried out on our platform. After a survey that we carried out with both patients and some doctors, they were ok that we should deduct this 25% commission from every successful virtual consultation carried out. That is if a doctor charges $4 per consultation, we will earn ~$1 for our service. Also, we will charge patients $0.16 for our medical records storage service after every 20 pages used. That price is an equivalent of the price of a 20 leaves consultation notebook used for medical record storage.
I am Sama Lesly Tankfu (born on the 4th of November, 1998). I am a year 4 mechanical engineering student at National Higher Polytechnic Institute. I am the first child from a family of seven. I am a creative thinker, an advocate for change, a tech-head and an innovative problem solver. I sought to solve problems that impact the real world and have participated in several initiatives and programs that gears towards reforming our society. In 2019/2020, I served as an ambassador at world literacy foundation where we lifted young people out of poverty through literacy and organized an online fundraising campaign that yielded the distribution of over 7500 book packs to kids. In 2020, I participated in the Inspire Africa for global impacts initiative program where I led campaigns and discussions on equipping underserved youths in Africa with digital literacy and soft skills. I currently work as a part-time worker at Draufsicht Bamenda and as a security officer at Essoka security. During the just ended Young Entrepreneurship Programme powered by ALX Africa, I was honored to scale through and emerged one of the beneficiaries of the program. Also, I was opportuned to make it to the final round of the just ended Youth in Development fellowship powered by Impact Toolbox. In 2019, I was selected to participate in the Tony Elumelu Foundation entrepreneurship program where I gained skills on how to catalyze economic growth, drive poverty and foster job creation.