New Research Investigates the Position of Blockchain-Based mostly Information Seize & Crypto Incentives in Bettering Affected person Outcomes
MMUST, the premier know-how and innovation college in Kenya, and Immunify.Life, a transformative and self-sustaining healthcare ecosystem secured by blockchain, has entered right into a partnership that may leverage MMUST’s educational and analysis prowess and the superior tech infrastructure of Immunify.Life to deal with the problem of poor affected person knowledge assortment, affected person relapses, and misaligned incentives with a particular deal with HIV-positive sufferers in Kenya.
Within the modern new examine, Masinde Muliro College of Science and Know-how (MMUST) and Immunify.Life will use blockchain know-how to revamp well being knowledge seize, transmission, and sharing processes in addition to therapy incentives to enhance the well being outcomes of HIV-positive sufferers in Kenya.
This will likely be a 5-year collaborative effort, with the key objective being to enhance affected person outcomes and strengthen the efficiency of the Kenyan healthcare system. By rigorously designing scientific research in numerous areas throughout Kenya and addressing key healthcare challenges confronted by among the nation’s most susceptible populations, MMUST and Immunify.Life hopes to precisely establish the chance components, causes, and obstacles confronted by HIV sufferers in contracting HIV, receiving therapy, and adhering to their care regimens.
One of many key options of the primary examine – which is able to start in August – will likely be the usage of Immunify.Life’s token reward system in enhancing therapy adherence in HIV/AIDS sufferers. All the related approvals (particularly from the Institutional Ethics Committee and the Nationwide Fee for Science, Know-how & Innovation) have been granted to MMUST for utilizing Immunify.Life’s know-how platform for this examine.
Whereas Kenya has achieved quite a lot of UNAID’s HIV 2020 targets, the nation nonetheless has a protracted option to go, significantly within the areas of efficient and sustained ART (antiretroviral therapy – the first therapy for HIV/AIDS). About 70% of adults residing with HIV in Kenya entry therapy, however therapy protection for kids beneath the age of 15 is decrease at about 60%. In Kakamega County the place the MMUST and Immunify.Life examine will likely be carried out, there are excessive prevalence, an infection, and relapse charges for males, ladies, and kids, making it the proper location for a complete, data-intensive examine of HIV/AIDS and the socio-economic, coverage, and associated challenges that forestall folks from receiving the therapies out there to them.
The first goal of the primary examine is to analyze the effectiveness of incentives and paperless monitoring programs on HIV therapy outcomes within the low socio-economic setting of Kakamega County. Different aims of the examine embrace:
- Testing the effectiveness of crypto-based token rewards on HIV/AIDS therapy adherence amongst sufferers with suspected therapy failure in Kakamega County;
- Evaluating the affect of token rewards programs on healthcare suppliers;
- Figuring out the socioeconomic components that hinder the retention of HIV sufferers with suspected therapy failures;
- Growing and testing an built-in, cloud-based system for enhancing therapy adherence of HIV/AIDS sufferers with suspected therapy failures.
The HIV therapy outcomes examine is the proper alternative for MMUST, Immunify.Life, and different official companions and organizations resembling Kenyan healthcare coverage leaders and strategists to conduct a real-world take a look at of the effectiveness of crypto-based rewards and blockchain-based knowledge seize and sharing on HIV therapy adherence charges. The applied sciences in play have the ability to vastly enhance therapy adherence and empower sufferers, communities, and whole international locations, and this examine hopes to show past any doubt the advantages of an built-in, blockchain-based strategy to tackling among the world’s most essential well being challenges.
Masinde Muliro College of Science and Know-how is a technology-oriented, modern college in Kenya. With about 17,000 college students enrolled, the college focuses on worldwide collaboration. It has a partnership with an NGO known as Save the Youngsters Fund which staffs 25,000 folks in 117 international locations.
The Immunify.Life group says its mission is to “rework the panorama of well being administration and knowledge utilization” by strengthening international well being programs and entry to well being knowledge “by way of an incentivized knowledge seize instrument developed for the Immunify.Life illness register.” The group hopes to scale organically by increasing its affected person base by way of working with varied authorities entities, NGOs and donors.