By Gabriel Olawale
A Nigerian physician/scientist, Dr. Ahjoku Amadi-Obi, has launched a digital mobile application called Hudibia to connect people with medical practitioners around the world thereby increasing access to healthcare.
Amadi-Obi who is a Research Fellow in Telemedicine with vast professional experience and expertise on wearable technologies in healthcare, described Hudibia as “an integrated healthcare solution that leverages emerging technologies to alleviate the challenges of delivering optimum health in a resource challenged environment.”
According to him, Hudibia is an innovative health system that uses emerging technologies such as mHealth, Telemedicine and wearable technologies to deliver sustainable, high quality and cost effective healthcare to people anywhere around the world.
Amadi-Obi, who is also trained Surgeon and Emergency Medicine Doctor and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, said the project which brought about the app has been on for two years but the solution became active in 2015 and currently has about 1000 users with 250 doctors in different categories of medicine to attend to patients.
Explaining that Hudibia app is available on Android Google Playstore and iOS, he said a host of hospitals, pharmacists and registered pharmacies as well as medical specialists are listed on the app which has multi-lingual features that make it easy for doctors and patients to have perfect expressions and understanding of health issues.
The app allows doctors and patients to communicate in local Nigerian languages as well major international languages such as English, French, and Arabic.
A video feature makes it possible for doctors to interact face-to-face or arrange physical meetings. The app also enables people to monitor health of their family and friends as well as settle their medical bills from anywhere.
Hudibia has a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) feature where people can seek professional clarifications on any health issue with a disease alert function in the pipeline.
He said the app has checks and monitoring features to ensure that only registered medical professionals with outstanding credentials in their area of practice are those listed to connect on the platform.