South Africa’s Startup, ConnectMed Launches Operations in Kenya

ConnectMed, a South African telehealth startup, has officially launched operations in Kenya, bringing its services to thousands irregardless of their levels of income.

Launched in 2015, ConnectMed allows patients to get treatment from general practitioners over video for common ailments, either directly through app (ConnectMed Prime) or indirectly through clinic partners (ConnectMed Care).

ConnectMed Prime targets middle and upper incomers who have easy access to Internet-enabled devices and use the private healthcare system.

The startup was among winners of the 2016 Demo Africa, who toured Silicon Valley last month, and also participated in SpeedUP Africa last year, where it got non-equity assistance.

The launch in Kenya means patients can now have access to its online machine learning-enabled telehealth platform for their medical needs. Already, 30 doctors have signed up for the service.

“You can request to see one of our trained KMPDB-licensed doctors for a 15 minute virtual consultation, 8am to 11pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with same day availability guaranteed,” said Melissa McCoy, CEO, ConnectMed.

She added, “Our doctors can provide you with a prescription, sick note, or referral letter and, as a ConnectMed Patient, you also get discounts on medications & follow-on services from our service partners.”

Also, the startup plans to launch physical hubs in pharmacies, cyber cafes and the likes, thereby allowing patients without appropriate technology access the service on available computers.

 

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