Definition Health partners with Gam Med to launch digital healthcare in The Gambia

Definition Health, an alumnus from the Accelerator, will be launching their digital surgical solution, LifeBox – initially developed for patients in the NHS and private hospital sector, in the Gambia. The Gam Med Charity (Gambia Medical UK Partnership) will be deploying the solution to enable remote care, monitoring and planning for patients.

The Gambia lies in West Africa and is the smallest country within mainland Africa, with a population of 2.1 million people. By western standards, healthcare provision is extremely limited. Most secondary healthcare is provided in the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in the capital, Banjul. Many patients will travel over one hundred miles to EFSTH with these injuries without an initial consultation or appointment – often leading to overwhelmed clinics, delayed treatment and in many cases, disappointment for patients.

Out of that trip, Gam Med was formed; the idea being that UK healthcare professionals would continue to give long-term help and support to Dr Marenah, in his ambition to raise the standards of hospital treatment in The Gambia.

Each year, James and a group of NHS surgeons, anaesthetists, radiologists & physiotherapists spend a week working and operating on a wide range of conditions. These volunteers include Definition Health’s Medical Director and Co-Founder, Dr Rosie Scott.

During the most recent Gam Med trip in March 2022, Dr Marenah has been working with Dr Scott to provide access and training to the Definition LifeBox system in Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, as well as five other satellite hospitals throughout The Gambia.

The use of Definition LifeBox will enable remote care, monitoring and planning for patients between Dr Marenah at EFSTH and the satellite hospitals. Where needed, information can be uploaded for teams in the UK to view and offer remote assistance to the Gambian clinical teams in diagnosis and treatment plans for patients.

Sandeep Chauhan, CEO and Co-Founder of Definition Health said: “Wherever you are in the world-tech makes a positive difference to people’s lives and interactions with healthcare professionals. Our digital platform allows them now to record conditions and treatment as well as monitor patients from a distance which saves some patients a journey of over a 100miles. It also means digital adoption in the Gambian healthcare system will be accelerated – true progress. I am immensely proud to be working with the Gam Med team. The wide experience the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator program gave us is still bearing fruit, long after finishing the programme.”

Definition Health is is an alumnus company of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme.

The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator is a collaborative programme funded by London’s three Academic Health Science Networks – UCL Partners, Imperial College Health Partners, and the Health Innovation Network, MedCity, CW+ and receives match funding from the European Regional Development Fund.