In Kenya, 6300 women die every year due to complications arising out of pregnancy and birth. There are many contributing factors for this, one of them being an inefficient and difficult referral process. When an expectant mother is referred to another healthcare clinic, several challenges arise. Often, mothers visit the referral clinic only to meet long queues or sometimes even be turned away. Then, there is the case that when a mother does see a referral clinic, she cannot remember or provide her medical history. This results in longer patient appointments and delayed treatment. Another challenge is that medical records are currently all paper-based, making it difficult for clinics to store, maintain, and share a mother’s medical history with a referral clinic. Paper-based records also leave greater room for inaccuracies and are hard to verify, thereby compromising the overall integrity of the healthcare system.
We wanted to create a centralised solution that will improve the overall efficiency of the referral process, enhance the accuracy and reliability of mothers’ healthcare records and ensure peace of mind for mothers and medical professionals.
Haikara is a streamlined platform, which enables healthcare facilities to verify and communicate patient information swiftly and confidentially between one another, creating a more efficient and reliable referral process. The platform is also easily accessible by patients, thereby increasing transparency and control over their personal information.
Our Kenya project ”Haikara” was presented in Nairobi Innovation Week.
Team: Me, Eva Gallegos, Anna-Sofia Juntunen, Leo Lutz and Meera Klemola
Special thanks for Marleen Wierenga, Fiona Kaihari, Ville Verkkapuro, Aalto University and University of Nairobi
Our final concept is Haikara Health, a digital platform for the onboarding and referral of pregnant women between medical facilities. With Haikara Health, our goal is to create a more reliable and efficient maternal healthcare process in developing regions for all key stakeholders.
Co-creation workshop in Nairobi with people we had interviewed during the fieldtrip. Our participants included academic professors, midwives and nurses from different level hospitals and even Kibera slum, heads of medical devices for Kenyatta Hospital and the Kenyan team’s client, Makerspace.
Materials for Nairobi Innovation week 2019.
Infographics of research materials.