Healthcare is becoming increasingly more digital as both patients and doctors alike turn to online platforms to seek and facilitate care. This trend is particularly common in Egypt, where countless startups are breaking new ground in terms of patient care, medical products, and access to healthcare.
Here are seven innovative digital health startups that you can find in Egypt today:
Since its inception in 2015, El Dacatra has made it easier for Egyptian patients to assess local doctors and hospitals. Those who are looking for a healthcare provider can compare different physicians through the site. El Dacatra helps its users make better decisions by connecting them to information about each doctor’s experience, reviews, and qualifications. Patients can also find contact information for each physician listed on the site, which simplifies the process of setting and managing appointments.
On El Dacatra, hospitals can post crucial information about their outpatient clinics, including which doctors work there and what types of surgeries they perform. The site also increases patient health awareness by allowing physicians to post original content about various health topics to the site.
An innovative telemedicine startup, Medicobot has created a service that allows Facebook users to consult medical professionals through instant messaging. Within its first month of operation, the service received over 6,000 requests from patients. It has since remained popular among Egyptian users, allowing them to connect directly to nearly 600 physicians who specialize in many different fields of medicine.
Medicobot users can also search for physicians based on criteria such as their location and prior experience. They can then reach out to any physician and receive a free reply in as little as an hour. Not only does this system facilitate better connections between doctors and patients, but is also helps individuals seek care with less hassle.
D-Kimia is revolutionizing the world of diagnostic medicine by creating its own ways to detect various diseases. To this end, the startup targets diseases’ nucleic acid signatures using tests that require little to no infrastructure. With these tools, D-Kimia aims to minimize the occurrence of diseases in areas that do not have the resources needed to treat them.
The diagnostic solutions at D-Kimia boast similar accuracy as the leading Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) techniques. The sensitivity of these processes has assisted the startup in its study of the Hepatitis C virus, which is prevalent in Egypt. Leveraging its diagnostic technologies, D-Kimia is developing a test that will make it easier and more affordable to identify this disease in local populations.
Bionic Limbs is helping lower the cost and increase the availability of prosthetics. The winner of the top prize at the Pharmaconex Investment in Healthcare conference and in the UNESCO Life Sciences and Healthcare category, the startup hopes to empower individuals with amputations more than ever before.
To this end, Bionic Limbs leverages its own research and development (R&D) capabilities to develop state-of-the art products. All of the startup’s innovations must undergo a research and clinical trial process that culminates in the publishing of a medical paper. This ensures that Bionic Limbs’ customers receive the best quality prosthetics.
Bionic Limbs’ latest product is a prosthetic hand that is both inexpensive and easy to use. Moreover, this item does not rely on motors or batteries. Like all the startup’s products, this piece is customizable to the needs of various clients.
A medical wearable startup, Vditory has developed groundbreaking eyeglasses to assist those with limited or no vision. The startup hopes to enable these patients to lead independent lives by providing a product that helps them more easily gauge their surroundings.
Vditory glasses are capable of reading any text that wearers see, whether it is in another language or inverted. The device also monitors the wearer’s surroundings so that it can tell him or her what objects are nearby and even whether he or she is outside or inside. Vditory can also detect the faces of others and tell wearers exactly who they are. This recognition software can even identify emotions and age.
Headquartered in Cairo, Tabibi 24/7 is a telemedicine startup that helps patients access the care they need from the comfort of their own homes. Individuals can request medical services either online or by phone, after which doctors will make home visits. These physicians can see patients at any time of day and on any day of the week.
Tabibi 24/7 supports all of Egypt’s most popular health insurance plans, which makes it more convenient for people to seek the care they need. The platform also stores all users’ medical records for easy access.
Established in 2017, Bypa-ss facilitates a more seamless exchange of healthcare information between physicians, patients, and medical centers through its innovative product, Health Tag. This wearable device allows patients to share their digital health records with their doctors via a web application. Providers can add new information to these records at any time and share them with other physicians. Patients also have access to Bypa-ss when they want to incorporate new records or if they need to find a healthcare provider nearby.