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Hudibia Mobile App to reduce medical tourism

A new mobile application known as Hudibia, has been established which can enable medical experts consult with patients anywhere in the world through video chat. This App, made by Nigeria’s own medical doctor, Ahjoku Amadi Obi, will help Nigerian patients access foreign medical experts from their homes without the risk and cost of medical tourism.

Amadi-Obi described the app as an innovative health solution provider that uses emerging technologies to ease the challenges of easy access to specialists even in remote areas.

“Hudibia means see a doctor in the Igbo language. This app – which is available on Android, Google Play Store and IOS – uses emerging technologies like mHealth, Tele-medicine alongside wearable technology to deliver sustainable high quality and cost effective healthcare to people anywhere in the world,” he noted.

More so, Hudibia comprises of gynaecologists, paediatricians, oncologists, dentists, optometrists and shrinks of all specialities as well as pharmacists home and abroad.

From his words: “Patients can log on to the platform and register under non-doctors category for free. They will choose any doctor of their choice, open the profile of him and read through. We evaluate these shrinks before we upload them on the platform.”

Accordingly, Amadi-Obi, who is back home for his people’s health needs, said patients can chat and do live stream video chat with their chosen doctors. “You can book a doctor for a family member in a village, make the payment and leave the contact of the person. The doctor will trace and patient and give him or her home service treatment. And drugs are prescribed for patients, too.”

On the checks his team has put in place to ensure that patients are satisfied with the services, the expert disclosed that they have got Hudibia team that goes from one place to the other to monitor activities of the medical practitioners registered on their app.

Meanwhile, the platform allows interaction in various local languages like Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa alongside international languages like English, French and Arabic. “We are trying to eliminate barriers. This way, patients can interact suavely with the experts.”

The app, which already has 1000 users, has got 250 doctors of various categories on board. He added, “Although this project has been since 2014, the solution became active last year.”

For pregnant women, the Dr further stated that expecting mothers can do live ultra-sound via video chat. Adding that gynaecologists can successfully do the ultra-sound for pregnant women until time of delivery.

“They can go to the nearest hospital to have their babies or choose to go to that doctor’s.” Ultimately, Hudibia is to bridge the gap between patients and doctors and break the long queues at hospitals. “We are providing quality healthcare services wherever and whenever needed.[sgmb id=”1″]

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