Following being awarded the prestigious African Entrepreneur Award earlier this month, local eye health mHealth Start-up, Vula Mobile, has announced that they are looking to diversify its cross-speciality referral offering by early 2016.

The announcement was made during the finale of the two-day Vula Round Table Workshop, an event that was held in Cape Town between 17 to 18 October that aimed to fast track the brand’s ultimate purpose of enhancing the medical referral system in South Africa. The workshop played host to a range of partners, investors, mentors, medical professionals and representatives from both the African Entrepreneur Award and the SEED Award.

A cornerstone of the event was Vula’s systematic collaboration with various medical professionals in plotting the next steps necessary to better serve South Africa’s referral networks across specialities and disciplines.

During the workshop’s final press conference, Vula Founder, William Mapham, said: “In almost every industry, innovation in mobile solutions has offered ground breaking progress in the fight against out-dated and ineffective systems. Medicine is an industry crying out for change as it seeks to save lives and improve the health conditions of billions worldwide. Vula is just one of many mHealth apps that are making a difference and we seek to partner with whomever possible to make change happen.”

During the press release event, various stakeholders witnessed a demo of a 3D printed device designed by Dr Hong Sheng Chiong of Ophthalmicdocs New Zealand. The device allows anyone with a smartphone to view a patient’s optic nerve through the pupil. According to Dr Chiong, this simple piece of equipment could save hospitals hundreds of thousands of rands and is just one of the Vula Mobile add-ons that will revolutionise rural healthcare.

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