Lekki Care, a Nigerian-based Telemedicine startup, has promised to provide users the opportunity to order for genuine and quality medications.
A report by MarketsandMarkets shows that massive IoT strides were witnessed in 2020 giving credence to telemedicine, especially in the era of 5G. For Instance, Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs, New York, US, was bogged down with administrative tasks such as taking patients vital signs every few hours and manually logging results.
Well, Lekki Care enables users to take self-assessment health status test which is powered by artificial intelligence and get recommendation of either go ahead and buy medicine for the ailment or order for further laboratory tests or do a live chat with medical Doctor.
Users can also book a one-on-one consultation with a Doctor.
The platform, which is a multi-vendor e-commerce model, allows only licensed pharmacy stores and medical laboratories to dispense their products and services.
In other words, only licensed medical Doctors and Pharmacist will be added on the platform.
In terms of payment, TechEconomy.ng understands that users can be able to pay for the medication using integrated online payment platform such as Paystack or flutterwave and they can also do direct bank transfer.
Lekki Care co-founders:
Lekki Care (The word “Lekki” means substance that heals in Fulfulde) which was launched in February 2020 by three Nigerians.
26-year old Adamu Ahmad Muhammad conceived the vision; he is the CEO. He studied Pharmaceutical Technology from University of Cape Coast and has a National Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology from Modibbo Adama University of Technology (Mautech), Yola.
Adamu was born and brought up in Yola, the Capital city of Adamawa state. He had worked with Beba Online Pharmacy, Ghana and served at Newgate college of Health Tech Minna during his National Youth Service Corps year.
Adamu co- founded LekkiCare with Imran Ahmad who also serves as the Chief Technology Officer. Imran studied Computer Science at Modibbo Adama University of Technology (Mautech), Yola.
Andesati James who serves as the Chief Operations Officer is also a co-founder. Ande has Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business Administration from Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola.
In a chat with TechEconomy.ng, Adamu Ahmad Muhammad, the CEO, expatiated on Lekki Care’s mission.
“We launched the platform to make healthcare easily accessible, understandable and affordable to everyone regardless of their location by integrating the healthcare sector with internet and artificial intelligence and connect patient with Doctor virtually.
“Our vision with Lekki care is to become the number one telemedicine platform in Africa.
Speaking on full-scale launch, he said the platform (both website and mobile app) is still under development.
“We have carried out the feasibility study last year and the data gotten from the target customer is been process, the healthcare sector in Nigeria has a market potential of $15 billion (Mckinsey survey 2019), so more than 75% of people interviewed during the market survey show interest in the product, presently the product is in it last phase of development and is expected to be launch by September this year 2021”.
“Telemedicine can be considered the only or last option to bridge the gap in lack of healthcare workers in this country, considering our concept of using artificial intelligence in diagnosis or symptom assessment our model is capable of predicting an ailment with more than 98% accuracy giving a proper information.
“In places like UK there is existing company like Your.MD which practice this system and in Australia there is company like ADA health, those systems are completely Autonomous and they are accepted by WHO”.
“The workload of the available healthcare workers of this country is too much already, imagine the ratio of Doctor to patient is 1:2500 which is very low compare to 1:600 W.H.O standard.
“Our target market are middle and high class civil servant between the age of 25 to 60 that are conversant with smart phones also business men and women between same age bracket above are included more specially people with chronic disease like Asthma, Hypertension, cancer etc that need constant care and cannot be able to wait in a long queue before they see Doctor.
What is Lekki Care’s unique selling preposition?
“The reason why our platform stand-out is the use of state-of-the-art Artificial intelligence model that has very high accuracy in prediction of ailment and also fast and reliable delivery of service that is cost effective, at Lekkicare we believed that everyone deserved a quality health care regardless of their location.
“Our platform is a pay per use model but we have a plan to expand in future and create a premium subscriptions based where by a subscriber will have access to service like home visit by Doctor or get a health insurance with us but for now you will only pay as you use or order.
“Lastly, this is the brief description of our platform and also we are looking for investment opportunities we are looking to raise $25,000 and will give 20% equity in return”.