Access.mobile

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Access Mobile
IndustryHealth
Founded2011; 11 years ago (2011)
FounderKaakpema Yelpaala
Headquarters
Kampala
,
Uganda
Websitewww.accessmobile.io//

Editor: Ryan Peter and Editor: Charissa Cassels

Access.mobile is an international digital health company, which focuses on improving patient care in diverse markets through intelligent mobile engagement. Access.mobile was founded by Kaakpema Yelpaala in 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Access.mobile has offices in the United States of America, Uganda and Durban, South Africa. Its headquarters are in Denver, Colorado. Its main product is AmHealth, a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) compliant app, which allows healthcare providers and healthcare plans to influence patient behaviour through targeted mobile communication. The mission of access.mobile is to improve access to care in underserved markets through the use of what it calls 'intelligent mobile engagement'.[1]

History

After completing his Masters of Public Health in Global Health at Yale, Yelpaala got involved in several public health projects in Africa and came to realise the massive administrative problem that public health organisations face.[2] Access.mobile was formed in order to develop digital health solutions and begin building the ClinicCommunicator, a web-based app, which made use of Cloud technology where doctors and medical personnel could upload patient information, that could be accessed by other medical personnel.[3]

Access.mobile forms part of the Healthcare, Information Technology, Mobile and Software industries. The number of employees at access.mobile is between 11-50 people. [4] Access.mobile charges its clients a monthly licensing fee.[5]

A national-scale mobile data collection project was completed in Uganda in 2012, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) High Impact Practices (HIPS).[6] USAID is a core convening partner on the HIPS for Family Planning. USAID advances and supports voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs in more than 45 countries across the globe.[7] The ClinicCommunicator was piloted in Uganda in 2013, providing free trial periods to both public and private practitioners. The pilot was hugely successful[8]

More capabilities were added to the app, including SMS-based vouchers and better engagement with patients. After partnering with PharmAccess Foundation, an international non-profit organisation that aims to connect more people in Sub-Saharan Africa to better healthcare,[9] Access.mobile began to expand into Kenya.

In 2016, ClinicCommunicator was significantly upgraded and rebranded AmHealth, access.mobile's flagship product.[10] AmHealth is an outpatient practise management and patient engagement technology platform, that facilitates digitising patient information into a patient record that is relevant and easy to navigate.[11] Hospitals and clinics pay a licensing fee to access the AmHealth product and database. Communication to patients is via SMS, email, and smartphone notifications. The system leads to greater patient engagement and retention, efficiency, and leads to increased revenue. In the same year, access.mobile also launched its Nairobi office.[12]]

In 2017, AmHealth reported that 150 facilities across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania were using the product, reaching 1.8 million patients.[13] This garnered U.S. interest in the product. In 2018, access.mobile launched its U.S. pilot, in partnership with the Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, which works primarily with lower-income Hispanics.[14] It continues to expand its product offering in the U.S., including growth in rural areas.

In 2019, access.mobile partnered with Launch South Africa for its HIV Initiative.[15]

The company currently serves regional hospitals in East Africa including the Nairobi Hospital.[16]

Investments

Tom Base, Managing Director of healthcare for Boulder-based healthcare technology accelerator, Boomtown, also invested in access.mobile in its earliest stages and has been an advisor for the company since June 2013.[17]

Access.mobile managed to raise $112,5K in June, 2013 in a Venture Round.[18]

In 2014, Microsoft's 4Africa Innovation award provided grant money to access.mobile to continue developing the ClinicCommunicator.[19]

In July 2015, access.mobile managed to raise $2.2M in a Series A funding round.[20]

Access.mobile is in Seed funding status and has raised $2.6M thus far, with its latest funding raised in December 2017 (for an undisclosed amount).[21]

Access.mobile executives opened a Series B round of investments as they were seeking support from social impact investors in 2017.[22]

Awards

In February 2014, Microsoft awarded access.mobile with the Microsoft 4Africa Innovation award, which provided grant money to access.mobile to continue developing the ClinicCommunicator.[23]

On October 20, 2016,[24] access.mobile was named Innovation in Healthcare 2016 Innovator.[25][26]

In 2019 it was named Startup Health Transformer.[27]

References

  1. Access.Mobile founder and CEO, Kaakpema Yelpaala, speaking at the Health Moonshot Showcase 2019
  2. How Carefully Scripted SMS Messages are Improving the Health of Underserved Populations, published by StartUp Health, 7 August 2018. Retrieved May, 2019
  3. Oranye, Nnamdi, "Disrupting Africa: The Rise and Rise of African Innovation", page 81, ISBN 9780620703154
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  13. Enstartup - Access.Mobile's AMHealth Reaches 1.8 Million Patients, as it's Gozee Beta Offers Over 3,000 Listing in Uganda, retrieved May 2019
  14. Denver Business Journal, After a most Unusual Start, Denver health IT company charts U.S. growth. (Paywalled).
  15. Access.Mobile "About Us". Accessed May, 2019
  16. Yale alumni startup aims to use tech to improve global healthcare access - YaleNews. Retrieved 30 April, 2020.
  17. Tom Base - LinkedIn. Retrieved 05 August, 2020.
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  19. Access.Mobile "About Us". Accessed May, 2019
  20. Crunchbase, retrieved May 2019
  21. Crunchbase, retrieved May 2019
  22. Financials - Crunchbase. Retrieved 05 August, 2020.
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  24. Health Care Innovator Awards - Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved 05 August, 2020.
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  26. Innovation in Healthcare 2016 Report
  27. Access.Mobile "About Us". Access May, 2019