Redbird, has raised a seed round of $1.5 million to help expand across Africa. The round has Johnson & Johnson Foundation, Newton Partners (through the Imperial Venture Fund), and Founders Factory Africa participating.
With its newly-acquired funding, Redbird plans to drive expansion into other African countries where its decentralized health service will make more difference.
The startup helps patients to have access to convenient medical testing as well as make sure that the doctors and patients can see the details of the test results at any time.
Redbird has a proprietary software called Redbird Health Monitoring, which it makes available to pharmacies.
Using the software, the pharmacies are able to render rapid diagnostic testing services for 10 different health conditions. The conditions include Hepatitis B, anaemia, blood pressure, prostate cancer screening, typhoid, and Malaria.
To fully carry out the tests, Redbird gives the partner pharmacies the supplies and equipment that are needed for each test. The software is connected among all the partner pharmacies, allowing the patient to create medical testing records after taking the tests.
The patient’s record can then be accessed whenever there is a need for it, through the patient and pharmacy account.
With this raise, Redbird will be taking its services deeper into sub-Saharan Africa where there are not many competitors in its area of speciality. Notable players in the space include HeliumHealth, LifeBank, mPharma, 54gene, Field Intelligence, Tremendoc, HelloDoc, and Udok.
According to Redbird’s co-founder, Patrick Beattie, “Pharmacies who partner with Redbird gain access to the software and all the ways Redbird supports our partners for free as long as they purchase the consumables through us. This aligns our revenue with their success, which is aligned with patient usage.”
Original Article: TechNext