The availability of healthcare is an essential component of society. However, across Africa many people are still unable to access the most basic of medical care. This is due partly to the lack of health insurance and the high cost of medical treatment. For example, a child born in a developing country is over 13 times more likely to die during the first five years of life compared to a child born in an industrialized country. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for approximately half the deaths of children under five in the developing world. Especially tragic is that many of the leading causes of death, i.e., malaria, TB, pneumonia and measles, can be prevented with basic services and vaccinations.
VoLo believes the solution to broader healthcare coverage is the private sector and therefore VTIP has been designed to meet the needs of health care providers and health insurance providers.
VTIP Health platform help healthcare and insurance providers to focus on their respective core business and improve accuracy and efficiency. A reduction in risk for insurance providers combined with improvements in the quality of care will allow broader coverage.
Biometric identification and electronic data management have proven to increase accuracy in the medical field. Research has shown that the quality of care is enhanced through using an integrated electronic system that simplifies the transfer of information between healthcare providers for both in-patient treatment as well as normal clinic visits (Wayne, J., M.D., et al. (2008). ‘Simple Standardized Patient Handoff System Increases Accuracy and Completeness’). In addition, the use of biometric authentication decreases preventable errors in treatment and prescriptions.
In addition to improvements in accuracy and efficiency, VTIP Health platform provides reports that can be tailored to meet the needs of the provider. Some examples include:
Due to VTIP’s integrated and centralized database, information such as address change or medical conditions, is easily and instantaneously updated throughout the system. Combined with effective training, support and the use of a platform that is proven in challenging environments, VTIP is easy to implement and keeps pace with the shifting medical needs across Africa.
Healthcare providers are aware that emergencies and even fatalities can be decreased through proper preventative medicine. However, many individuals, particularly in rural areas, are unable to seek preventative care due to a lack of health insurance and proximity to hospitals and clinics. VTIP enables greater insurance coverage by improving efficiency and decreasing cost of coverage for providers. As a result, more patients are able to seek preventable care as well as increasing the number of patients altogether. In addition, because VTIP is supported by Mobile Workstations rural patients will also be enrolled into the system.