Despite improvements in healthcare infrastructure and service delivery, health information management remains a significant challenge in Africa. One of the primary obstacles to efficient healthcare delivery is the fragmentation of health information systems and lack of interoperability between them.
A lack of integration and interoperability of health data systems hinders data sharing, leading to incomplete patient records, reduced quality of care, and increased healthcare costs. This can lead to inadequate monitoring of public health trends and outbreaks, resulting in delays in effective response and management of diseases.
Furthermore, this lack of integration hampers the use of data for decision-making, research, and population health management, which are critical components of improving health outcomes.
The World Health Organization has identified digital health interventions and predictive tools in healthcare as key accelerators in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 3 of ensuring good health and well-being for all.
In recognition, The HealthTech Hub Africa launched #DataforHealth challenge to encourage startups to develop and validate technology solutions that could improve healthcare data integration and interoperability, ultimately improving access to healthcare information for all.
The #DataforHealth challenge presents an opportunity for technology innovators, community providers, regulators, grassroots organisations, and governments to collaborate to validate and refine implementable and sustainable solutions to help improve healthcare data integration and interoperability in African health systems.
By providing a platform for collaboration and innovation through technology, the HTHA seeks to support the creation of solutions that address the unique challenges faced by the African healthcare landscape.
2023 Cohort Members
- Startups and Scale Ups from the HTHA 2023 cohort are welcome to submit proposals with their fit-to-purpose solutions corresponding to the challenge brief.
- Startups and Scaleups from both cohorts may collaborate if it strengthens their proposals.
- HTHA Startups and Scaleups may also partner with local and international organisations not part of the HTHA official patterns.
Exception: Startups and scaleups that have already received an HTHA challenge award for a project are not eligible to apply.
- Other startups, scaleups and complementary organizations
Local and international organisations not part of the HealthTech Hub Africa official partner network or start-up cohorts can apply in joint venture proposals led by the HTHA start-ups and scale-ups.
We strongly encourage African start-ups and scale-ups not yet part of the HTHA program to collaborate with alumni or current cohort companies to strengthen their existing solutions by combining them for a larger impact and/or to qualify for the challenge.