The 2020 HealthTech Initiative developed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Members of the technology and healthcare communities came together to develop solutions to educate, treat, and track patients across the African continent.
About the Initiative
In the wake of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the ALT Network is doubling down on our commitment to working with and supporting entrepreneurs and companies working at the intersection of Healthcare and Technology, known as HealthTech. As part of this mission, we will be launching a new webinar series, taking place in June and July 2020. We will speak with and hear from entrepreneurs, CEOs, regulators, healthcare providers, academics, public health specialists, and more!
Additionally, we have established this resource page for updates in policy, practices, business advice, strategy, and technology regarding Covid-19. Please reach out to our team if you would like us to feature one of your resources or to get involved in our HealthTech initiatives.
Building Africa’s Frontline Readiness: Fostering Growth and Inclusion in the African HealthTech Sector
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has tested healthcare systems around the world, exposing vulnerabilities, challenging policies, and altering the future course of healthcare provision on the continent. The deployment of technological solutions and services in the healthcare sector has long been on the rise, but the sustainability and effectiveness of these healthtech solutions have often been limited by local legislative, regulatory, institutional, and operating conditions.
The African Law & Tech Network set out to explore existing challenges and opportunities impacting healthtech services and solutions within the African context by bringing together individuals from across the spectrum of healthtech and digital health to identify shared systemic challenges unique to Africa, and discuss what is necessary to overcome these barriers to growth.
Participants included representatives from the healthcare sector, digital health start-ups, academia, donor-sponsored programmes, policy development, investment, and the legal profession. This policy brief aims to contextualize the role of technology in Africa’s healthcare systems and highlight what is required to support greater access and facilitate innovation.