In a bid to offer protection for health workers, a group of students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology have developed an app which makes it possible for persons who seek to visit health facilities to have consultations with doctors using the app.
It has a video feature which enables a patient to speak to a doctor, including a GPS feature which makes it possible for the ambulance service to dispatch personnel to one’s location when the need arises.
The team lead for the students, Stephen Frimpong explains how the app which they have named “COVAID” works.
“It’s just one app but divided into two: the citizen’s part (patient’s) and the doctor’s part. The moment you open the app, it asks whether you’re a citizen or a doctor. We have a database of the list of qualified doctors provided by the Ghana Health Service. The system would deny user access once he or she is not a qualified doctor. The citizen’s part, however, has free access to everybody. They only have to enter their cell phone number and they’re good to go.”
“Once you’re logged in as a doctor, there’s a radio button to be checked and that indicates that the doctor is ready to work. Citizens who are logged on to the system will then be able to see the doctor’s name. The radio button can be unchecked when the doctor is not ready to work. There’s also a notification feature on the doctor’s side where the doctor can see new cases reported and track the location of the new cases as well. There’s a guide map should a doctor decide to visit the patient for treatment or testing,” he added.
The app has been designed in such a way that one can easily see information published on the Ghana Health Service’s dedicated website for COVID-19.
Stephen says they are making efforts to engage authorities at the Ghana Health Service on how they can collaborate and operationalize it.
The students believe this innovation will help transform Ghana’s health care system significantly even after COVID-19 since it could drastically help reduce overcrowding at various health facilities across the country.
OkThey also indicated that they are working on the app to make people access it even without using the internet.