Fondation Pierre Fabre

Making healthcare services more accessible, affordable and efficient

Main beneficiary country:

About the sponsor

Smart Health Ltd

Smart Health Ltd is a software and hardware development startup specialised in healthcare. Founded by two medical doctors with passion in computer programming and electronics, Smart Health aims to make healthcare services more accessible, affordable and efficient. We develop user-driven mobile health applications to connect patients along the journey of care. Smart Health Ltd was the only African startup to have made it to the finals of the European Telemedicine Innovation Competition in Oslo, Norway. Our first application, Doctor Assistant, which is a free EMR App has been published on the first page of the WHO Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low Resource Settings.

Sector: Industrial: Startups, enterprises, etc.

Country of origin: Mauritius

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Primary healthcare
  • Access to quality medicines/pharmacies
  • Chronic diseases

Stage of development:

  • Pilot project/testing/trials

Area where initiative is utilised

  • Provincial/regional (in one region of a single country)

Initiative start date

  • 05/05/2016


Financing method

  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)

Economic model(s)

  • Income generated by beneficiaries
  • Revenue generated by the beneficiaries/healthcare facilities

About the initiative

Smart Health Ltd is connecting stakeholders involved along the journey of care to streamline processes so as to improve efficiency. Through our technology, health insurance companies leverage on our technology to deliver micro-insurance schemes to accelerate Universal Health Coverage (UHC) which is a key component of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 3).

We focus on mobile based applications and wireless connected electronic sensors to provide end-users with actionable insights to bring positive change. We use a secured cloud based solution to provide a lowcost Hospital Information System (HIS) to healthcare practices as well as hospitals. Health insurance companies get an integrated platform to manage their electronic claims as well as managing insurance policies. Smart Health is an ecosystem of applications that connect patients along the journey so as to ensure value-driven health services along the chain.

Smart Health Ltd consists of a team of healthcare professionals and engineers designing user-driven applications to enhance the delivery of care. Through our technology there is improved efficiency which results in cost reduction. We have developed an ecosystem of applications that connect patients to all stakeholders involved along the journey of care. Doctors get a free EMR application and patients have access to their medical reports as well as appointment and pill reminders for free. Healthcare institutions has a low cost Hospital Information System (HIS) with integrated barcode scanning and Near Field Communication (NFC) card integration to improve efficiency and ensure value driven healthcare services. Every year according to the WHO, 100 million Africans are pushed to poverty due to out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare services. Through technology, we can accelerate UHC and enhance the quality of care delivery to more people. Our applications have been downloaded by more than 9000 users worldwide. Our first app, Doctor Assistant, which is a free EMR application on Google Play has been published on the first page of the WHO Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low Resource Settings. Doctor Assistant, might be the first ever mobile health application coded entirely by medical doctors in the world. Being in clinical practice for past 4 years, the founders understand the socio-technical design of healthcare and bring their expertise into real life applications and services to improve access to care. Our technology is being piloted in healthcare institutions in collaboration with health insurance companies to bring down the cost of health insurance policies so as to accelerate Universal Health Coverage (SDG 3.8).

Fields of application:

Patient monitoring and medical data - Financial access to care, microinsurance

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Entire population
  • Sick people

Initiative objectives

  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment

Key figures

9548 Number of beneficiaries since launch

4700 Number of users per Day

Materials used

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Computer
  • Connected objects

Technologies used

  • Internet
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation




Industrial: Startups, enterprises, etc.


Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

Medical Council of Mauritius

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

The University of Edinburgh

Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.