Villgro Kenya awarded ConnectMed $10,000 for the overall best healthcare innovation at the Nairobi Innovation Week which took place in University of Nairobi.

ConnectMed managed to emerge top out of the 14 applicants who were shortlisted for the health category. The app is a platform where patients can consult via a web-cam based doctor-patient portal and get prescription advice. The platform has a team of 50 doctors who have been locally vetted and found fit to serve patients at anytime from anywhere.

Melissa McCoy, ConnectMed CEO and founder of the app says the app will enable Kenyans experiencing non-emergency ailments to have access to medical services without necessarily booking an appointment.

“ConnectMed boosts formation of a doctor’s consultation timetable without need for manual booking as patients will decide whether to consult online or fix an appointment to visit a doctor’s clinic,” she said adding the online app creates a new revenue source for doctors.

“We are paying doctors competitively enabling them engage a patient for up to 15 minutes thereby creating an online patient history. Patients will no longer worry of any prevailing situation as doctors will be available to attend to patients from the safety of their clinics, homes or anywhere they choose,” she said.

The prize comes with high-touch mentorship through a structured programme, access to networks of healthcare and product development experts, and connections to investors and strategic partners

Majik Water came in second with their prototype which harvests water from air for communities who are off the grid. MedBit, an app that helps you find doctors in Kenya came in third.

Villgro Kenya was a sponsor for the Healthcare category in the recently concluded Nairobi Innovation Week, an event that provides a platform for discovering and showcasing promising start ups. It also attracts investors to initiate funding conversations with the startups.