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HealthGuard: Empowering Secure and Efficient Healthcare Access

In today's digital age, access to healthcare services is no longer just about convenience; it’s also about ensuring security and efficiency. With the rise of telemedicine and the increasing demand for remote healthcare solutions, ensuring the privacy of patient information and delivering healthcare efficiency has become paramount. HealthCloud offers a comprehensive solution that empowers secure and efficient healthcare access for both patients and providers alike.

By leveraging a secure and reliable portal, patients can easily access healthcare information, learn about their medical conditions, and stay informed about preventive measures. This not only encourages proactive engagement in their own health but also fosters a stronger patient-provider relationship based on mutual understanding and shared decision-making.

Hackathon participants with the Savannah Team


On June 30th, 2023, we had the pleasure of hosting a HealthCloud Hackathon themed ‘HealthGuard: Empowering Secure and Efficient Healthcare Access’. We were thrilled to welcome some of the brightest young minds in the country to participate in this exciting event. The stage was set for an exhilarating day as the participants eagerly gathered and settled in by 9:00 am on that Friday morning. To ensure everyone was on the same page, a brief presentation on the REST APIs and the HealthCloud platform was conducted, bringing newcomers up to speed.

Energized and armed with knowledge, the attendees formed teams, ready to showcase their skills and collaborate on innovative solutions related to the given problem statement. With a maximum of five members per team, the participants demonstrated remarkable teamwork, pooling their expertise in brainstorming and building impressive solutions throughout the day. As the hackathon drew to a close, we were presented with 4 insightful ideas. Let's take a closer look at the solutions that emerged from this event.

Team Health Chain during their presentation

Team Health Chain

The team focused on the existing challenges faced by the insurance industry in verifying member eligibility, ensuring secure authentication, friction payment processes, and preventing over-utilization of coverage limits. The use of manual processes and outdated systems results in inefficiencies, errors, and compromised data security.

Here is what the team came up with:

  • Verification - Incorporating robust member verification mechanisms through blockchain-based identity authentication and secure access protocols.

  • Authentication - Securing authentication through advanced encryption protocols and blockchain technology.

  • Payments-FT-backed policies, fractional settlements, and collateralized insurance provide flexible payment options, increased liquidity, and enhanced financial inclusivity.

Afya Mtaani receiving their award presented by Vanessa Chilumo, Senior Developer and Janet Odalo, Associate Director People and Talent

2nd Runners-Up: Team Afya Mtaani

The team showcased their creativity through several innovative ideas, including:

  • Machine learning-based detection of patients with non-functional biometrics and phone numbers.

  • Utilizing OTP (One-Time Password) and member numbers for user verification.

  • Verifying beneficiaries with age limitations using their date of birth.

  • Implementing concurrency access for efficient system utilization.

These ideas demonstrated the team's commitment to leveraging technology and data to enhance security, streamline verification processes, and optimize system performance.

Team G3 with Keren Wangechi, Project Manager, Sam Muoki, Software Developer and Janet Odalo, Associate Director People and Talent

1st Runners Up: Team G3- Hakikabima

The team created a digital platform for fast, secure, and efficient access to insurance services. The main features of the platform included:

  • Member eligibility and authentication: Ensuring secure access and preventing unauthorized entry.

  • Payment reservations: Allowing medical providers to reserve payments to prevent over utilization.

  • Customized insurance access: Enabling insured individuals to allocate funds for specific purposes, ensuring deductions only for designated expenses, and providing control and monitoring of healthcare expenses.

Team Tambuzi receiving their award from Grace Museinya, Operational Excellence Lead

The Winning Team: Tambuzi

They positioned themselves as a startup that offers healthcare providers software solutions to address their specific challenges. The startup focused on resolving the inconvenience faced by patients when rescheduling appointments due to specialist unavailability and financial constraints. Their solution streamlined appointment booking and payment processes, enhancing accessibility and avoiding insurance payment issues.

Team G3 with team Tambuzi


In conclusion, by revolutionizing the way we access healthcare services, HealthCloud focuses on combining patient privacy, and efficiency, and streamlining the patient journey. HealthCloud paves the way for a more patient-centric and connected healthcare ecosystem through development. With its focus on efficient healthcare coordination and empowering developers with information, HealthCloud contributes to better health innovations and an improved healthcare experience for all. As we move forward in the digital age, HealthCloud stands as a beacon of progress, ensuring that secure and efficient healthcare access remains at the forefront of our collective well-being.

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