We’d like to introduce you to the Mydoctor, Rhinnovation, and Tigers teams, three of nine final teams in Cisco’s global I-Prize competition gunning for the $250,000 grand prize.
Team name: Mydoctor
Team country: Sweden, Democratic Republic of Congo, France
Team members: Nine
Idea goal: To use mobile technology to improve health care delivery in developing countries
Claim to fame: Largest Cisco I-Prize team
Mydoctor’s Cisco I-Prize submission is a mobile phone application designed to connect healthcare workers to patients.
THE INSIDE STORY
When it came to building his innovation team, Mydoctor team captain Narcisse Mbunzama needed to look no farther than his “close” family and friends.
Mbunzama, from the Democratic Republic of Congo but now based in Sweden, didn’t hesitate to bring team members based in France, Sweden and Democratic Republic of Congo on board to create what became the largest team in the Cisco I-Prize competition.
“I contacted friends and family members that have great experience in different fields to join the project,” Mbunzama said. “They have experience and expertise in different fields of the project and they are very close to me.”
The geographically dispersed team collaborated to design a mobile phone application that would connect patients to healthcare workers in an effort to provide a low-cost advanced medical consultation.
The application includes real-time alerts and collection of medical patient data for assisting in areas such as medicine quality control, maternal mortality, cancer or AIDS around the world.
Mbunzama thinks innovation is most impactful when the innovator captures market trends, while solving real-life problems in communities. He used this belief as the inspiration for his idea.
“I was thinking how mobile phones can contribute to achieve the most humanitarian, social and economic problems affecting the developing countries today, and I got idea about building tool for health purpose,” Mbunzama said. “I decide then to build a mobile application that can link patients to health worker, to deliver sms, mms or videos to assist in health issues.”
The Mydoctor team thinks this application is a critical missing link in the healthcare system that could revolutionize patient care worldwide.
Now that the team is in the finals, they have a chance to make that dream a reality.