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Digital revolution takes root in Kenya’s healthcare system


Business Daily

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | By EVELYN SITUMA

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (Chai) has been working on transforming Kenya’s paper-based healthcare system to the digital format.

Using an open-source web application, the initiative has been working on applications since last year in partnership with Strathmore University.

Chai has been able to create five web-based applications currently in use in the medical field. The most publicised of them is the Automated Disease Surveillance Application.

The system details incidences of 14 diseases categorised as epidemics, giving a country weekly status report on each. The incidences of the diseases are recorded every Tuesday from 240 hospitals.


Global IT company enters new partnership with SAP


Sunday, November 18  2012

technoGlobal IT firm Techno Brain has entered a new partnership with SAP to offer one-stop domain expertise in key markets in sub-Saharan Africa.

In a statement, the companies said the partnership is targeted at enterprises in the midmarket segment to help them reduce operating costs, optimise asset utilisation, meet customer requirements and surpass quality and compliance objectives.

“This partnership is strategic for us. It will address a set of niche, vertical markets in Africa that have a need for ready-made enterprise solutions,” said Techno Brain CEO Manoj Shanker said.


Safaricom Platform Coming Home

Dailiy Nation November 14, 2012

collymoreTelecom firm Safaricom has rebounded to post a 94 per cent jump in after tax profits in its half-year profits driven by a growing customer base, easing inflation and a stable exchange rate.

Safaricom on Thursday reported Sh7.8 billion in profits, significantly higher than Sh4 billion made during a similar period last year.

“We are relieved to have recovered from the damaging price wars. We are now focusing on customer growth,” said Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore.

Total revenue grew 19 per cent to Sh59 billion. Voice revenues accounted for Sh37.4 billion or 63 per cent of total revenues.



By Daniel Nzia

The Standard Friday November 16, 2012

ictleoInformation communication technology (ICT) resource centres will be established in 25 schools in Makueni County before the end of the year.MultiChoice Kenya in partnership with the Ministry of Education will establish the centres in six constituencies. Education minister Mutula Kilonzo announced that the Government would make ICT part and Parcel of teaching and learning in all levels of education.


Shrinking revenues push local software firm to Singapore

Monday November 11, 2012 

Craft Silicon founder and CEO Kamal BudhabattiKenyan software company Craft Silicon has started business in Singapore as revenue from the local market continues to decline.

Craft Silicon founder and CEO Kamal Budhabatti (right) told the Daily Nation that his firm had acquired all the necessary certification and operations are ongoing.

“We’ve a very big market in this country which we’ve been supporting from our offices in India. The new office will harness our customer service in this region while our operations in Kenya and other countries remain intact,” he said.

He noted that revenues from the Kenyan software industry have stagnated especially because of a tough tax regulation that makes it cheaper to import software than buy locally developed applications.


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