Nigerian health tech start-up Helium Health introduces new products as it enters Kenyan market

KENYA – E-health start-up Helium Health of Nigeria, has partnered with three local providers, Philips Healthcare Technologies, Carepay, and Savannah Informatics to  launch its operations in Kenya.

The partnership will enable it to integrate new services, including an EMR to serve the entire East African market.

Launched in 2016, Helium Health is the largest Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Hospital Management Information (HMI) Systems provider in West Africa. 

The start-up was founded by three entrepreneurs, Adegoke Olobusi, Tito Ovia and Dimeji Sofowora, with a shared passion for solving the practical problems that they identified within the Nigerian health sector using technology. 

“We have been planning to expand into Kenya’s thriving health tech sector since last year, so we’re extremely excited to be hitting the ground running in 2021, already working with three new local partners to help improve efficiencies and provide a better service to patients. We believe there is a great opportunity to harness cutting-edge technology to help improve the way healthcare data is gathered and managed across Africa, so partnering with like-minded healthcare providers and facilities in Kenya is an excellent fit for us.” Tito Ovia, co-founder said. 

Jean Kyula, Country Manager for Helium Health Kenya and formerly a National Health Service (NHS) doctor in the UK added: “We are confident that we can play a major role in supporting both Kenya’s public and private healthcare sectors.

“We are delighted to announce that we are open for business, already working with three new partners in Nairobi, and rolling out in Uganda and Liberia. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role of technology in healthcare, and the need to keep building better systems, to develop more remote access solutions, and to improve efficiencies in our healthcare sector, so we’re looking forward to working with more partners, doctors, hospitals and clinics as we move forward.” Jean added. 

“We believe there is a great opportunity to harness cutting-edge technology to help improve the way healthcare data is gathered and managed across Africa, so partnering with like-minded healthcare providers and facilities in Kenya is an excellent fit for us” 

Tito Ovia – Co-founder, Helium Health

In May 2020, Helium Health successfully closed a US$10 million Series A funding round (the largest fundraise of any software as a service (SaaS) healthcare provider in Africa) to scale and later announced that it will be expanding in both existing and new markets, launching operations in East, North and Francophone West Africa.

Helium Health has already partnered with facilities in Uganda and Liberia onboarding their 90-plus users early in 2021 and is now extending its services to facilities in Nairobi.

Helium Health offers a full suite of products covering the complete healthcare value chain, from Electronic Medical Records (EMR), and Hospital Management Information (HMI) Systems, to credit and telemedicine products.

Over 300 healthcare providers and 5,000 health professionals in Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana currently use Helium Health’s technology, allowing healthcare facilities to accept payments and issue invoices with ease, access quick funding, and hold televisits with their patients, making it easier for patients to get diagnosed from their homes. 

In 2020, Helium Health won the IFC Tech Emerge award, an award that matches innovative health tech start-upswith leading healthcare providers across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda to implement pilot projectsand build long-term partnerships. 

Helium Health will pilot its technology in the East African market.

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