Venture Spotlight: Remedius Mobile Health

Founders: Dr. Mwebembezi Joshua, Dr. Tayebwa Chrispus, Dr. Soro David and Dr. Ahabwe Rachel

The Africa Higher Education Health Collaborative, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, will be welcoming the Health Entrepreneurship (HENT) African Impact Challenge’s second cohort for their upcoming visit to Toronto, where they will continue their implementation phase through activities targeting business development, expanding entrepreneurial networks, and facilitating exposure to potential investors. 

The University of Toronto’s Health Collaborative Internal Communications Working Group caught up with the ventures to learn more about the origins of their companies, what they’ve learned to date, and what is coming up next… 

Remedius Mobile Health

Dr. Mwebembezi Joshua was inspired to start Remedius Mobile Health through a personal experience he had while completing an internship during his medical education. He noticed that patients faced many challenges when trying to access doctors and healthcare. They ranged from traveling long distances for minor consultations to waiting for 8 hours before seeing a doctor, to paying unreasonable amounts of money in the pursuit of treatment. Upon further research, he noticed that these were common problems in the healthcare sector in Uganda. He also noted that the average wait time was about two hours and that 33% of annual deaths are preventable and usually occur due to chronic illness resulting from the negligence of patients as they receive treatment.  

Inspired to create a solution to these serious issues, Dr. Joshua created Remedius Mobile Health, with Co-Founders Dr. Tayebwa Chrispus (COO), Dr. Soro David (CTO) and Dr. Ahabwe Rachel (CAO). The venture aims to combat the identified problems by leveraging telemedicine through the Remedius Live platform. They seek to provide fast virtual appointment scheduling with doctors and specialists at affordable rates of about five dollars and provide comprehensive care to chronically ill patients. This is executed through an integral network of facilities that provide physical care to these patients if need arises. 

What is the accomplishment to date that your team is most proud of?  

“Development of our platform that is to launch Early June for validation & testing, obtaining the relevant compliance with the Data Protection Office & Ministry of Health & Uganda Medical Council & Dental Practitioners Council (UMDPC).” 

If you could give advice to another founder getting started, what would that be?  

“Maintain focus on your core offering to build expertise and a strong brand. Encourage open communication with your team, customers, and stakeholders. Embrace failure as a learning opportunity for growth and adaptation, remember, you only lose when you stop trying.” 

In the near future, they are focused on establishing Remedius Health as a pioneering digital clinic, revolutionizing healthcare accessibility across Uganda and beyond. Their goal is to seamlessly integrate their telemedicine platform with a comprehensive array of medical services, creating a one-stop solution for patients’ healthcare needs. Additionally, they are actively forging partnerships with leading medical facilities, collaborating to extend their reach and enhance the quality of care provided. Through these strategic alliances, they aim to amplify the impact of Remedius Mobile Health, ensuring that individuals receive timely, affordable, and high-quality healthcare regardless of their location or circumstance. 

You can learn more about Remedius Mobile Health

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