Revolutionary SA e-Health Innovation hearScreen Goes Global
South African e-health startup hearScreen, which has developed a smartphone app detects hearing loss and links patients to health services, is active in more than 25 countries across the world and planning on expanding to a further 15 by the end of next year.
Developed at the University of Pretoria by Prof De Wet Swanepoel and Dr Herman Myburgh in 2013, hearScreen launched as a startup during last year.
The startup’s technology uses a smartphone and headphone, together with a custom-developed software application, to detect hearing loss. The test incorporates real-time environmental monitoring during testing to ensure compliant noise levels, onsite data capturing and sharing capabilities, and a referral database for healthcare providers.
“Our innovation is unique in its cost effectiveness, reducing costs by more than 80 per cent, its standardised test sequences with automated interpretation that allows non-specialist personnel to conduct screening in resource constrained environments, and its real-time environmental monitoring,” chief executive officer (CEO) Nic Klopper told Disrupt Africa.