Health start-up Talamus ‘among most innovative’ in 2019

Underlying the threat of communicable disease in Africa has been the growing prominence of chronic illnesses, and a lack of infrastructure and capacity.

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Talamus Health Inc., an Africa focused health-tech business, has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019.

The list honours the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today’s volatile world. Half of the companies on this year’s MIC 50 list are appearing for the first time.

Commenting on the recognition, Talamus founder Dr Muri Raifu said “…being recognized for our innovative approach to healthcare is a great endorsement of our approach to solving healthcare challenges on the African continent. The combination of innovation and scalability is at the heart of our value proposition to the healthcare industry on the continent.”

Africa’s population is the fastest growing in the world, and its healthcare infrastructure amongst the weakest. Innovative technical solutions that can be scaled to deliver across industry segments and in multiple geographies are vital to getting ahead of that challenge.

For decades, the healthcare challenge in Africa and other emerging markets has been dominated by the fight against communicable diseases, but underlying this threat has been the growing prominence of chronic illnesses, and a lack of infrastructure and capacity to provide the care needed to address them.

Primary Health Care facilities across Africa lack centralized record keeping, and the choices facing them have traditionally been to retain time consuming paper based solutions, or to invest significantly in bulky hardware and software solutions that lack interoperability.

The rapid growth of telecommunications services and their integration with the financial systems in Africa have created an opportunity to deliver healthcare services in new ways, and Talamus is leveraging this infrastructure. The Talamus Mobile Platform and marketplace provides integration options for doctors, clinics, pharmacies, laboratories, insurance companies and Government Agencies, while offering the end user, the patient, more control over the movement and privacy of their health data.

This year, the awards committee sought out ground-breaking businesses across 35 industries from all regions. (

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