UpHealth to build digital clinics and healthcare centres in DRC
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UpHealth to build digital clinics and healthcare centres in DRC

24 Sep 2021 (Last Updated September 24th, 2021 14:10)

Construction of the healthcare facilities will be completed by the end of this year and will be open to patients early next year.

UpHealth to build digital clinics and healthcare centres in DRC
The digital clinics and health centres will provide video consultations through a virtual care platform. Credit: Chokniti Khongchum from Pixabay.

UpHealth, through a venture with TSHELA, has entered into an agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to construct 260 digital clinics and healthcare centres across the country to offer quality and affordable healthcare services.

TSHELA will serve as a partner to UpHealth in this project.

Over the next five years, the overall revenues from the agreement with the DRC is estimated at around $136m. UpHealth could receive about $66.6m from the revenue generated.

In order to provide a comprehensive digital care to the patients, the healthcare centres will be equipped with UpHealth’s proprietary technology.

They will be built by the end of this year, and accept patients early next year.

UpHealth CEO Ramesh Balakrishnan said: “This partnership will dramatically improve access to healthcare for millions over time.

“With our advanced technology platforms and digital health infrastructure, we are making affordable, high-quality care available everywhere– to address fundamental needs for primary, secondary and acute healthcare.”

Covering an area of 500ft2, the prefabricated and modular structured digital clinics and health centres will be powered by solar technologies, enabling them to serve even in the remote locations.

They will feature electronic health records and a real-time dashboard to display all health information and provide video consultations through a virtual care platform.

Remote examinations can be performed at these facilities using connected internet of things (IoT) and devices including laryngoscopes, otoscopes, rhinoscopes, dermascopes and fetal doppler imaging.

These centres will be capable of conducting on-site blood and urine tests for lipid profiles, blood chemistry and other diagnostics markers.

Additionally, they will perform tests for infectious diseases, such as malaria, dengue, Yellow Fever and blood and urine tests.

Clinical decision support will also be provided to physicians at these centres to better interpret results, diagnose patient conditions and prescribe medications.

Instant additional investigations using dry biochemistry, chromatographic immunology tests and other rapid tests can also be performed.

These digital clinics and health centres will also include automated dispending of medications and inventory management to provide better access.