Egyp­tian health­care startup pro­vides home ex­am­i­na­tions by cer­ti­fied fam­ily doc­tors

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Tabibi 24/7, an Egyp­tian health­care en­tity, said it aims at chang­ing the mind­set of health­care in Egypt by of­fer­ing home ex­am­i­na­tions by fam­ily doc­tors and pae­di­a­tri­cians. The ini­tia­tive aims at fa­cil­i­tat­ing the health­care pro­cess, sav­ing time and sup­port­ing eas­ier com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween doc­tor and pa­tient.

“Usu­ally in Egypt chil­dren, women and the el­derly can­not reach the doc­tors im­me­di­ately. Con­gested clin­ics and hos­pi­tals hin­der pa­tients with se­ri­ous cases from reach­ing the right di­ag­no­sis, which is the aim of cre­at­ing an in­te­grated health­care ser­vice,” said Dr. Khalil Ab­del Khaleq, founder of Tabibi 24/7.

Ab­del Khaleq added that clin­ics and hos­pi­tals are al­ways sat­u­rated, which pre­vents some pa­tients from reach­ing the spe­cial­ized doc­tors as quickly as needed.“We see a ma­jor com­mu­nity prob­lem when some pa­tients re­sort to the near­est phar­ma­cies or ask their fam­i­lies for med­i­cal ad­vice. This usu­ally does not yield an ac­cu­rate di­ag­no­sis and de­lays the dis­cov­ery of ill­nesses,” he noted.

More­over, he ex­plained that there were sev­eral rea­sons that made him think about how to im­prove the health­care pro­cess, es­pe­cially the com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween pa­tients and doc­tors in Egypt, adding that there is a re­mark­able gap in the com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween both sides.You can also no­tice the lack in per­son­al­iza­tion and fol­low­ing up with the pa­tient, he pointed out.

Tabibi 24/7 of­fers a wide ar­ray of in­no­va­tive ser­vices such as vac­ci­na­tions and lab test ser­vices at home, elec­tronic med­i­cal records, sports and nu­tri­tion pro­grams in­clud­ing phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal prepa­ra­tion of chil­dren and adults, home care for the el­derly or pa­tients who have just left the hos­pi­tal. Tabibi 24/7 can be reached through its hot­line, the doc­tors have ac­cess to the ma­jor­ity of Cairo’s main neigh­bour­hoods. Tabibi 24/7’s team com­prises 40 prac­ti­tion­ers who re­ceive reg­u­lar ad­vanced train­ing that keeps them ahead in to­day’s medicine. Such train­ing has en­abled Tabibi 24/7’s doc­tors to com­mu­ni­cate with the fam­ily all along the day and dis­sem­i­nate the fam­ily doc­tor cul­ture. Their train­ing is held in co­op­er­a­tion with UK-based med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion Pri­mary Care In­ter­na­tional. The PCI is a well-known in­sti­tu­tion that of­fers train­ing pro­grammes for var­i­ous bod­ies all over the world to en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity and spread the cul­ture of fam­ily medicine and early di­ag­no­sis.

Fam­ily doc­tors look af­ter their pa­tients’ ev­ery­day health needs on a reg­u­lar and per­son­al­ized ba­sis. They are fully aware of the med­i­cal his­tory and any in­her­ited diseases in the fam­ily.This is the ex­tra mile of fam­ily medicine. It greatly helps doc­tors to ac­cu­rately di­ag­nose the pa­tient’s con­di­tion and en­ables them to di­rectly of­fer treat­ment or trans­fer the pa­tient to the spe­cial­ized doc­tor.

“Early check-ups with the fam­ily doc­tor and reg­u­larly hav­ing the needed tests help doc­tors dis­cover chronic diseases at early stages. Such diseases can be hard to di­ag­nose due to am­bi­gu­ity of symp­toms”, said Ab­del Khaleq.

Tabibi 24/7 of­fers a wide ar­ray of in­no­va­tive ser­vices such as vac­ci­na­tions and lab test ser­vices at home

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