#AGEC18 Featured Learners

In Week 3 we explored the exciting arena of Healthcare Innovation. We went under-the-knife with new robot surgeons, and we considered how genetic engineering could cure Malaria. Here’s some of the featured submissions from the week:


Question 1

Some believe that platform businesses (Uber, AirBnb, Amazon, …) are slowly taking over the world. Have a look at the link below for some potential uses for a platform in the Healthcare sector: [Read Me]

Think now of the South African Public Health System. Design and describe the ultimate platform for this system. Be sure to answer all the questions below:

Who does it connect to who?

Question 2

What value does each side of this connection gain from the platform?

Question 3

What tool/functionality in the app is most attractive for each type of user.

(e.g. Uber Drivers like the “take me home” option, while Uber Riders like the “Split fare” option)

Here are some helpful links:

[Read Me!] [Read Me Too!]

Mieke Spaans, Couteniqua Hoerskool

A: This platform uses an app that patients use to easily contact doctors if they feel ill. This would work with cellphones, panic buttons and video calls. It would be supplied to everyone. The platform I have in mind connects four people together: 1) The medical staff, such as doctors and nurses. 2) Uber drivers. 3) The patient. 4) Administrative staff at medical institutions. My platform is inspired by the app, Pager, that informs doctors if patients feel ill.

Value to each group:

1) Medical staff would immediately receive a notification where their services are required.

2) Uber drivers will transport said doctors to patients’ homes. This would further increase their overall business.

3) Patients have immediate access to medical staff. This would increase life-expectancy in rural areas, where access to medical services very limited is.

4) Administrative staff at medical institutions would greatly benefit from the app because they could immediately document the treatment. I have read that about 40% of the work of medical staff is simply managing their patient’s treatment documents.

Key feature for each group:

1) The “manage patients” option would be their favourite, because they can track their patients’ recovery.

2) The “view pending transport” because they can keep track of the doctors who need transport to patients.

3) Patients would use both “document recovery” and “see doctor” to help speed up their recovery and to consult a doctor if they feel ill.

4) The “view patient’s file” and “view doctor’s history” to keep accurate records of patients’ prescriptions and recovery rate. They could also keep track of each doctor’s strong points to choose the best doctor for the job.

Kundanika Somadundram, Maris Stella

The ultimate platform for healthcare would be where machines and computers would be able to scan and diagnose a person in a matter of minutes and the machine would provide the medicine needed to treat the problem. This would ultimately result in less miss diagnosis and be quicker and cheaper than seeing a normal doctor. This machine will also help solve the problem of low staff in public hospitals as there will be a less need for doctors. There will also be an app that will automatically record your food intake ,exercise and overall health and the app would tell you if there are irregularities in your health and if you should go to the doctor.

This will save people money and time. It will save hospitals money as they would not need to employ doctors. It would also help medical companies promote their medicine by developing these machines to diagnose the patient and provide the companies medicine to the patient. The app will help people stay healthy and ensure that problems that may occur can be diagnosed quickly.

It would not be as scary as going to a hospital. It would immediately diagnose and prescribe medication for the issue. It would also not be as intimidating as going to a doctor would be. The app would allow you to live a healthier lifestyle and would possibly be compatible with the users so that it would be more effective.

The app could be linked to a card and if you are active and healthy you would be able to use the card to buy thing like data or coffee. If you go for regular check up the machines which are linked to the app will add bonus points which you could but stuff with. The app could also have daily challenges where user would have to do health related challenges to receive points for example one of the challenges may be to cycle 5 km that day. Another way the app could help improve health would be to give bonus points to people who eat healthier foods such as vegetables and deduct points for fattening and unhealthy foods such as sweets.

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