Ghanaian e-health startup launches doctor-booking platform

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Ghanaian e-health startup Eiko Health has Kenko Doctor, a platform that allows users to book appointments with doctors via a mobile app.

Eiko Health has initially launched Kenko Doctor on iOS, but plans to expand it to web, Android and USSD in the first quarter of next year.

The platform is an open marketplace where patients can search for and book appointments with doctors. Once a doctor accepts the booking, payment is made and consultation occurs. The doctor can also use the platform to update a patient’s medical records.

Founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Samuel Dogbatse told Disrupt Africa hospitals and clinics suffered with long queues, long waiting times and fragmented medical records.

“Kenko Doctor is the Uber and Airbnb of healthcare, an open marketplace with instant access to your medical records,” he said.

The startup charges healthcare facilities and doctors a subscription fee towards the electronic medical records system, as well as a percentage of the fee collected by the doctor for each appointment. It plans to expand outside of Ghana to Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

“We intend to grow data-driven revenue in 2018 to offset the lack of revenue per booking transaction. In essence we have decided not to pursue the small change on the table,” Dogbatse said.

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