ICT Authority names Microsoft, ZiDi as 2014 Innovation Award winner in health care Lilian Mutegi

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The ICT Authority has named ZiDi as a 2014 Innovation Award Winner in the Health Care Delivery sector category.

The application is developed by MicroClinic Technologies with technical support from Microsoft under the 4Afrika initiative. ZiDi trials are being run in 6 health centres and public dispensaries in Kiambu and Kisumu counties and the Gatundu Sub District Hospital, that serves in excess of 3,000 patients monthly. ZiDi™ automates stocktaking, personnel administration, financial management and service delivery in these health centres.

Cofounded in 2012 by Hoffman Moka Lantum and Mary Matu, ZiDi was started with the aim of tackling the administrative burdens faced by medical staff in dispensing health care at medical institutions. For example, each clinic submits eighteen paper reports monthly requiring over 60 man hour days per year.  The nurses track over 160 commodities manually on bin cards and send to the Kenya Medical Supply Authority (KEMSA) through the county offices via courier. Personnel attendance is tracked on sheets with a full moon for full attendance and a crescent for part time attendance. These administrative duties detract from the core duties of health workers, who end-up dissatisfied and demonstrates the gaps in technology adoption in the health sector in Africa that ZiDi seeks to fill.  “ZiDi is trying to transform and bridge the digital divide in the health sector at a very fundamental level using the opportunity technology offers in the health space. The application runs under Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud coupled with Microsoft’s productivity suite, Office 365 to channel real time secure communication between health centres in different locations, and facilitate scalable access to backed up data.” says Matu.

Additionally, armed with ZiDi KEMSA is able to track how fast supplies are being used in health facilities in all 47 counties to automatically replenish stocks long before they run out or expire.  ZiDi  also consolidates data at the time of service delivery from various lines of service and all Ministry of Health programmes, such as the malaria and tuberculosis programmes, which currently rely on data collected manually on separately forms, can access their respective data in real time on-line, thus heralding new levels of efficiency and accountability in the public sector. 

Commenting on ZiDi, Microsoft Country Manager for Kenya Kunle Awosika says, “We are excited to work with MicroClinic Technologies to help revolutionize Africa’s health sector through technology to improve lives.  In the World Health Report 2013, the World Health Organization called on countries to continue investing in local research in order to develop a system of universal health coverage tailored to each individual country’s situation. This is what ZiDi™ is about; relevant local innovation.”

Kenya’s Vision 2030 Social Pillar seeks to revitalize efficacy of the health Management Information Systems and strengthen Kenya Medical Supplies Authority.

Through local resellers and selected Microsoft partners, health centres running ZiDi will be able to acquire affordable smart devices including Windows smartphones and Windows tablets. The devices are powerful to run real time analyses that help medical officers determine probable diagnoses for patients by just entering a list of symptoms in the smart devices.

Other functions offered by ZiDi include management of health centre charges and also administration and running of institutions. Being an integrated hospital management system, all patients visiting health institutions running ZiDi are guaranteed of standardized, quality health care. ZiDi™ makes it easy for medical staff to administer a similar set of process flow to all patients.

Although ZiDi is currently being used in public healthcare centres, it is equally as relevant to private health care providers who wish to efficiently manage their patients across multiple health settings and be able to access patient information at any time and from any place.  Many private providers, from small clinics to large medical centers with hub-and-spoke multifacility operations, have taken interest in the solution.  Digitization of the health sector is no longer a dream, it’s happening, with MicroClinic Technologies and Microsoft leading the way in Africa.

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