Charles Murito - Country Manager, Google Kenya explains the partnership with EMK Foundation to improve access to emergency care in Kenya through Google.
Google in partnership with Emergency Medicine Kenya Foundation (EMKF), Ministry of Health and BP Systems Online, have mapped public hospitals with emergency medical care services across the country on Search and Maps enabling Kenyans to navigate online with ease by searching “emergency centre near me” and find their closest hospital as part of Project 47: Emergency Departments in 47 Counties . Additionally, patients can now easily find opening times, contact numbers and the emergency services offered in the public hospitals online.
We as health care providers, need to understand that medicine is much more than just making the correct diagnosis and treatment. Empathising and emotional support to a patient often can do wonders to patient’s compliance and symptom relief. Social media, technology and google cannot give them the healing touch, but you can. It just needs some patience and a few extra minutes.