US-born Kaakpema Yelpaala is the entrepreneur behind ClinicCommunicator, a web application that allows healthcare professionals to communicate with patients via mobile phones in Uganda.
Using the service, medical personnel can electronically record basic patient information into cloud-based software, and then schedule and send SMS reminders for medicine, scripts and appointments. The model makes use of an annual subscription fee.
It is a simple solution but can significantly improve communication between healthcare professionals and patients. In most African countries patient administration generally makes use of paper-based records, and overburdened clinics and hospitals often struggle to communicate effectively with patients.