President Uhuru Kenyatta’s new agenda for health and development has attracted a group of Polish investors with an aim of tapping on the good prevailing political goodwill to invest in e-Health initiatives.
Following the reelection of President Kenyatta, he announced four major priorities his administration would embark on, popularly known as ‘Big four’. This includes manufacturing, Health, Food and Nutrition Security and Housing.
One item in the president plan for health in Kenya – specifically digitizing health and use of ICT in health popularly known as e-Health, – has attracted the attention of investors from Poland who have recently announced plans to organize the 1st Kenya-Poland e-Health Summit to be held on the 20th of March in Nairobi.
The Kenya-Poland e-Health Summit has attracted a huge delegation of health officials from Kenya’s devolved system of government with over 20 county governments expected to attend.
The aim of the summit is to discuss policy and regulatory frameworks for the establishment and management of e-Health modalities in Kenya, provide a learning platform for the counties on means of reducing diagnosis as well as provide an avenue for business conversation on e-Health investments.
According to Wojciech Sierocki the CEO of Emedica, one of the main organizers, the whole discourse during the summit will revolve around how e-Health can make the Big Four priorities and Universal Health Care come true.
The event is organized by Emedica, Polish Investment & Trade Agency and the European Hospital Federation.
“The counties are going to take a big part in the agenda of the summit. What we want to achieve it to have a commitment on the record for leveraging e-Health for the benefit of the patients. We would like them first of all to understand what e-Health is, what it can do and the potential in it,” notes Sierocki.
The summit will also attract different participants drawn from both government as well as private sector. This will also include officials from the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) as well as the e-Health Unit at the Ministry of Health.
During the summit, there will be a business to business (B2B) section that will bring together Polish investors to have direct conversation with local businesspersons as well as government.
Some of the Polish delegation will include Prof Fedorowski, the President of Polish Hospital Federation, governor of HOPE – European Hospital Federation, Wojciech Górnik, the director of CSIOZ, polish e-Health agency of the ministry of Health as well as representatives of Asseco – the biggest polish IT company, Medapp – innovative partner of Microsoft globally, and Polish Trade and Investment Agency presenting the Polish Modular Hospital.
“From the business and medical standpoint we see the huge potential to utilize polish technologies and experience in many e-Health initiatives in Kenya. We believe that Polish and Kenyan entrepreneurs will encounter a very fertile ground for collaboration in the implementation of their innovative e-Health solutions,” adds Sierocki.