Telkom will be hosting a Covid-19 monitoring system that tracks the covid-19 situation in Kenya. Afya Rekod’s health management platform will be used to facilitate COVID-19 monitoring and analysis across the nation.
The platform was developed to fight the spread of the virus through providing a virtual repository for individuals to store their health data in real time.
The system is accessible to all Kenyans through USSD code: *380#, or by downloading the Afya Rekod App via Google Play Store.
The platform is a centralised, multilingual, intelligent health data platform that has been built with Artificial Intelligence (AI) modules and blockchain technology, which ensure that it is adaptive, dynamic and secured for public usage.
“As a telco, we understand the importance of easy accessibility of data when it comes to the management of disease outbreaks. We are happy to play a role in ensuring that the people of Kenya are able to share real time information of any symptoms they may experience related to COVID-19, keep logs of their progress, be able to get the right information, as well as have access to health workers who can support them with initial consultation,” said Telkom’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mugo KIBATI.
Telkom will mainly provide Kenyans with access to the platform through the USSD Code *380#
CEO Mr. KIBATI also adds the importance of Quick adoption of technology platforms such as the Afya Rekod, saying it is vital towards this fight against COVID-19.
The platform allows backward and forward integration with multiple Electronic Health Record Systems (EHRs) and Medical Electronic Record Systems (MERs), therefore enabling streamlined information-sharing to empower health workers.
John KAMARA is the founder and CEO of Afya Rekod and he said this about the platform: “Afya Rekod and Telkom are in talks with County Governments to pilot the use of the platform with their health workers, for the facilitation of training and in-App consultation. We have already confirmed the participation of five counties, including: West Pokot, Tharaka Nithi, Nandi, Isiolo and Garissa, to adopt the usage of the Afya Rekod platform, for their county-specific COVID-19 interventions, as they work to further equip their health workers to better handle the pandemic.”
Telkom has been on the frontline to fight the situation Kenyans are facing during this hard times. Last month Telkom launched the Soma na Telkom bundles, which enable e-learning programmes of educational institutions, such as the University of Nairobi, KCA University, USIU-A, and the Africa Digital Media Institute (ADMI).
Telkom company also donated a 50 Mbps link to the Kenyatta National Hospital’s Infectious Diseases Unit at Mbagathi. The free Internet is to enable patients in quarantine and also the frontline nurses, medical officers and doctors at the Mbagathi facility, to keep in touch with their loved ones and the outside world.