If you are interested in improving healthcare delivering, then this is good news for you. Team Nerds, Nigeria’s representative in the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition in New York City, has developed an application that could significantly transform how healthcare is delivered in Nigeria.
The team comprises four students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure. They are David Olaniyan (500L Electrical and Electronics Engineering), Taiwo Orogbangba (500L Computer Science), Toluwanimi Kolawole (500L Agricultural Engineering) and Oluwafemi Alaba (500L Biochemistry).
In an email interview with Scholars Hub Africa, Team Nerds revealed that they have now full developed their entry for the competition and it is ready for deployment. ‘Medicare’, as the software is called, is an application that enables communication between doctors and patients over long distances, where doctors are unable to have physical contact with their patients but can make diagnoses from the patients’ data which is input in the Medicare system.
Medicare enables any health centre or clinic immediate access to a vast amount of medical experts, healthcare educational resources/information, and support from other doctors and also takes medical resources and information and shares them instantly and seamlessly with hospitals, clinics and health centres anywhere it is in operation.
The application, they said, makes the provision of medical services over long distances effortlessly easy, saving time and human resources. The logic of the application is to help save lives and maximize scarce resource utilization.
“We are very optimistic that this software in the future will become a tool in providing the best available healthcare for everyone anywhere. It will usher in the new era of affordable, accessible, and qualitative healthcare for all”, they said.
Team Nerds, which has transformed into Nerds Inc., was formed from a shared common interest in the Students in Free Enterprise, SIFE, programme in FUTA, which encourages student entrepreneurs to network and develop success strategies.
The challenge for the team is to find sponsorship for their innovative product and ensure it reaches those who need it most – Nigerians. They said though their achievement has brought them fame and some goodies, they still want their efforts to change lives, and would be glad to collaborate with any government to deploy it in state or federal hospitals.
They have a word for young Africans aspiring to make a difference: “Don’t be discouraged by the problems facing you but be motivated and energized by the solutions you would provide to those problems!”
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