Digital Health Cape Town (DHCT), has announced the finalists for its inaugural Accelerator Programme. The accelerator-which aims to bolster local eHealth innovation-selected 8 digital health startups among a potpourri of applications.

The selected finalists have each developed innovative eHealth solutions that address real-world problems.

They are:

Dr William Mapham: Vula Mobile – Vula is a referral platform which links health workers to specialists in tertiary hospitals.

Dr Anuschka Coovadia: HealthAtHome – HealthAtHome aims to provide high quality, affordable, patient-centric care to patients in the convenience of their homes.

Brighton Khumalo: ConnecTB – ConnecTB is a web tool allows administrators, supervisors and directly observed therapy (DOT) providers register and monitor TB patients.

Dr Musaed Abrahams: Aviro Health – The Aviro ART Treatment Mentor app helps nurses in primary care settings to efficiently treat HIV patients.

Petrus Van Niekerk: Udok – Online Booking – Udok has digital solutions that allow doctors to interact remotely with patients, facilitate treatment and monitor care.

Nicole Van Der Merwe: GeneCare Molecular Genetics – GeneCare’s platform will deliver high-quality exercise programmes, educational video-coaching, and access to customised diet plans.

Suretha Erasmus: GC Network – GC Network’s Pregnancy Screening app informs individuals of their risk for a chromosome abnormality in their pregnancy, provides detailed information of available prenatal tests and empowers them to make informed decisions.

Vere Shaba: RAR Group VRHEALTH – VRHealth is a safe, virtual environment where those admitted in rehabilitation centres for substance abuse can develop new behavioural patterns in a realistic, immersive virtual world.

The eHealth startup finalists will take part in a 10-week programme starting on 23rd January 2018. As part of the programme, they will receive mentoring and in-person sessions with eHealth systems experts and engage in product design discussions with key opinion leaders.

Dr Niri Naidoo, Clinical and Operations Executive at Bankmed and Corporate Mentor in the DHCT Accelerator Programme said: “We are excited to be part of the DHCT Accelerator Programme which brings together great minds to shape the future of the African healthcare landscape. Such programmes provide the collaboration and thinking that are the ingredients to creating a new healthcare innovation ecosystem, where we do anything but business as usual.”