Wearable health tech startup teleScrypts expanding pilot to Africa
A Phoenix-based med tech startup is working to provide healthcare access for low resource communities, starting with a pilot community in Tanzania.
TeleScrypts is piloting with 5,000 of the last hunter gatherers called the Hadza population in Tanzania. This is the first mobile health platform they have used according to founder Omron Blauo.
“At teleScrypts our team values healthcare to everyone and we strive to provide access to healthcare to the communities that need it most,” Blauo said. “We provide mobile health technology to low resource communities.”
TeleScrypts gets patient’s vitals through their tracking device, inputs the information onto the mobile application, and stores patient information on the platform to access at anytime, anywhere.
The company was recently selected as a finalist for the UNICEF/Frog/ARM Wearables for Good competition.
“Through this competition we were able to further our technology and pilot in Tanzania,” Blauo said. “The experience humbled our team, pushing us to our limits to develop our product to the standards of Frog, ARM, UNICEF, and other international Innovators. This means we have had the opportunity to apply innovative approaches that global visionaries are working on and test them in our business model.”
The startup also demoed at Web Summit, one of the world’s largest technology conferences with over 2,000 of the world’s top startups. TeleScrypts was named one of the top 21 most interesting ventures by TechCrunch.
TeleScrypts was launched in summer 2015 by five ASU students after the idea emerged six months ago.
Blauo was doing research in Uganda and Rwanda where he worked with clinics in low resource communities. Blauo discovered the use of “mobile phones, difficulty of written medical records, lack of electricity, and remote areas of healthcare workers” and came up with the idea of teleScrypts.
Blauo was a Seed Spot alumni and has previously launched a venture through European Innovation Academy.
TeleScrypts is currently working on a dashboard that provides NGOs an understanding into what population they serve and information such as disease mapping in rural communities.
Blauo said teleScrypts has six non-government organizations signed up, totalling over one million patients in 45 countries, to pilot when they officially launch.
The company sells directly to NGOs, so the product is free for doctors to use. The company also provides access to healthcare technology to a family for about $1 per year.
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