In light of the promising possibilities for improving access to affordable quality healthcare using mobile technology, Health Insurance Fund's implementing partner the PharmAccess Group started mHealth interventions in Kenya in the course of 2013.
The PharmAccess Group has built a solid reputation as an innovative partner in healthcare. In Kenya, it has partnered with Vodafone, Safaricom, M-PESA and African Air Rescue (AAR) to develop and test different ways of bringing healthcare to those who need it most.
Among other things, mHealth offers the possibility to mobilize financing for healthcare, to facilitate pre-payments and risk-pooling and to stimulate improvements in healthcare quality. This includes a prototype for a mobile payment infrastructure for healthcare and insurance which is expected to increase the total available funds for health in M-PESA’s mobile money system. It will also provide real time access to health information, targeted health services, medical advice and many more applications which arise from the initial tests.