Fondation Pierre Fabre

Annual cardiac monitoring

Main beneficiary country:
Cameroon

About the sponsor

HIMORE MEDICAL S.A

Himore Medical is a social enterprise that designs and develops medical technologies. It designs and manufactures medical devices for emerging markets, enabling the production of remote interpretations through telemedicine. It also develops health programs based on the use of devices it manufactures, accessible to patients in an economical way in the form of an annual subscription.

Sector: Industrial: Startups, enterprises, etc.

Country of origin: Cameroon

The organisation has:

15
Full-Time Equivalents
15
Employees
6
Volunteers
2
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Chronic diseases
  • Cardiovascular illnesses

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • National (in one country only)

Initiative start date

  • 12/30/2016

Initiative end date

  • 01/31/2030

Financing

Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)
  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)

Economic model(s)

  • Income generated by beneficiaries
  • Subsidies
  • Advertising
  • Donations

About the initiative

Cardiovascular disease kills an estimated 17 million people each year worldwide, accounting for 22% of global mortality. In Africa, one in three women is affected, 12% of the population suffers from hypertension and 90,000 newborns die each year from congenital heart disease. This high mortality is mainly due to the shortage of cardiologists, poverty and the high cost of cardiac exams ($ 30 for an ECG). Cameroon has a population of 23 million and there are just 60 cardiologists who work only in large hospitals in cities. Rural hospitals have a limited budget and cannot buy ECG machines. Furthermore, patients living in remote areas loose time and money as they frequently travel to cities to reach medical specialists. As a result, fewer examinations take place and they happen too late, which impairs patient care and medical follow-up.

Patients enrolled in the program benefit from low cost and unlimited cardiac exams throughout the year, allowing them to save money. Furthermore, the program is available at several centers. Thus, the patient is able to choose the center closest to where they live. Cardiac exams are carried out with a Cardiopad, which transfers the data to cardiologists. Cardiologists receive the data on their phones or tablets, and can interpret it and send information on diagnoses and prescriptions back to the nurses in caring for patients from a mobile app developed for the project. This allows cardiologists to monitor their patients remotely. Patients save time, money and take fewer risks on the roads, all while improving their medical follow-up care. Ultimately, it reduces the risk of heart attacks.

AFRICA CARDIAC CARE is a health program designed by HIMORE MEDICAL in partnership with many hospitals in Africa. Designed for low and middle-income Africans, this program offers subscribers the opportunity to receive four types of comprehensive cardiovascular examinations, annually unlimited (an electrocardiogram, blood pressure, blood glucose and oximetry) for 28,500 CFA francs (48 USD) per year in hospital, or 35,500 CFA francs (60 USD) for home care. This program is available as a service in many hospitals in rural and semi-rural areas. Once the patient has subscribed online or at one of the centers, they receive a smart card that will allow them to receive complete cardiac monitoring in all AFRICA CARDIAC CARE centres for 12 months. Each examination performed is interpreted remotely by a cardiologist assigned to the patient, who monitors them throughout the year.

Field report of the initiative

Fields of application:

Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations) - Patient monitoring and medical data - Financial access to care, microinsurance

Target audience

  • Entire population
  • Sick people
  • Dependents/persons with disabilities
  • Pregnant women
  • Children - adolescents (ages 6-18)
  • Young children (0-5 years)

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment

Key figures

895 Number of beneficiaries since launch

200 Number of users per Month

Materials used

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Sensors , Solar Panels

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Internet
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

Offline use

Yes

Open Source

No

Open Data

No

Independent evaluation

Yes
evaluated independently

Partners

Ministere de la Sante Publique du Cameroun

Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

L'institut ROLEX

Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

Royal Academy of Engineering

Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

Intellicap

Industrial: Startups, enterprises, etc.

Partners

Collaborators

startupBrics