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Why Preventative Health is the Only Way out of the Pending Health Crisis

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The world is about to experience a drastic population shift. The baby boomer generation is expected to retire at a rate faster than ever. For those not quite sure about what baby boomers are, they are people born during a period marked by a significant birth rates. This will have drastic repercussions in the world of finance, business and healthcare.

Healthcare is going to demand a higher level of spending as more elderly than ever will start to get admitted into hospitals and clinics globally. It is uncomforting to know that at the same time the overall amount of primary care doctors will be declining around the world (Reference). This means longer wait times for seniors along with their caregivers which will more than likely be their children.

What all of this leads to is a movement based around self-care and preventative medicine. Each year millions of people around the world die from preventable causes. These deaths can account for half the deaths in the US in 2000 (reference). The actual idea of self care is not new, it involves doing more what you do and spending time taking care of your health. Numerous health startups have been popping up to help patients manage their health from symptom tracking, providing medication reminders to journaling.

Other startups approach selfcare in a different manner. They provide content related to selfcare such as mindfulness meditation lessons, personal fitness training classes from home. All of which are starting to seem like a modern daily utility that all should have access to. Sure apps and technology are making a dent in helping users with mental health and managing chronic illness.

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However, there are also companies that are laser focused on personalized medicine as well. Companies provide personalized vitamins and supplements en masse at ease for consumers exactly when they need them. They are personalized around a user’s health goals, a user’s genomics and or specific blood work that shows deficiencies. Pair this with a simple way to track, manage and optimize one’s health using an app, and you have a viable business.

However, adoption of technologies in the realm of health comes with red tape and slow adoption. The science and evidence is there for these tools to exist, but users often find it tiresome to manually enter details of their ongoing treatment. It doesn’t get any better from a payor’s standpoint either where payors (such as insurance companies) remain hesitant due to the massive amount of solutions available without a long track record.

Physicians are too inundated to recommend, learn and promote apps as they simply can’t keep up with what works and what doesn’t. Afterall, there is an entire industry built around marketing drugs to physicians through sales reps as doctors remain too busy to learn about all the options becoming readily available in the fast moving world of technology.

Evidence shows that those suffering from any major chronic condition can improve adherence between 10-30% by simply using an app. It eliminates recall bias and lowers cognitive load all of which play a major role in one’s health.  Health apps such as CareClinic take it a step further and allow you to determine correlations automatically at home.

Although these apps and other solutions are not a replacement for a doctor visit, they can provide meaningful feedback to keep us on track. It does require a bit of data entry for any sort of meaningful conclusions to be reached, but it can be well worth it. It is one small step we can take to save time, money and keep ourselves healthy.


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Haraka Haraka app to link customers with service providers

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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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Haraka Haraka app to link customers with service providers

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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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Balala wants investigation into alleged harassment at Ol Jogi launched – KBC

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Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala

Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has directed the Kenya Wildlife Service to commence investigations into the alleged harassment of a victim by private game ranchers at Ol Jogi Conservancy in Laikipia County.

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It is reported that the victim known as Mordecai Ogada in the company of his children was harassed on Saturday while driving on a public road in the conservancy.

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In a statement, Balala has asked for speedy investigations and findings to be concluded by Wednesday this week.

The CS added that no discriminations will be allowed to any Kenyan at any conservancy in the country.

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“The government of Kenya and my ministry will not condone any undue harassment or intimidation of Kenyans who are going about their normal businesses and enjoying their God given heritage by anyone,” said CS Balala.

He urged Kenyans to report any such incidents with facts for action to be taken.

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