Xcelerate, Inc. has signed a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement to acquire a 51 % in AfiyaSasa Africa, LLC (ASA), a start-up medical technology and virtual health company that the Company believes is uniquely positioned to help patients in developing countries meet their medical needs by extending physicians’ reach through technology. This technology is based on software developed by AdviNOW that employs and incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) with augmented reality (AR). The app is intended to link people living in rural locations with minimal medical infrastructure and/or medical experts.
“Since Dilan Ellegala joined our Advisory Board in 2021, this initiative, among others, has been at the forefront of our planning.” Xcelerate’s CEO, Michael O’Shea, stated, “ASA is well positioned to help the people of Africa meet their medical needs by extending the reach of physicians to their patients’ mobile devices using a patented breakthrough technology.”
Patients can use their cell phones, tablets, or computers to access the ASA system, which allows licensed physicians and other medical workers to conduct virtual check-ins, triage, and identify the most appropriate care course. To determine if the patient is a repeat visitor, the device has facial recognition and storing capabilities. Additionally, measurements are taken with medical devices connected to a cell phone, tablet, or computer (e.g. stethoscope, thermometer, pulse oximeter, etc.) using a set of questions and answers dynamically integrated with the system’s proprietary AI component, taking the telemedicine virtual appointment to the next level. The AI collaborates with the AR and Q&A to determine diagnostic possibilities, testing and treatment alternatives, and next actions for the patient.
Dr. Ellegala, ASA’s Co-Founder, has dedicated most of his professional life to building the groundwork for Africa’s transformational medical breakthroughs. “A Surgeon in the Village: An American Doctor Teaches Brain Surgery in Africa,” written by Pulitzer-nominated journalist Tony Barthelme, chronicles his training of healthcare workers in remote Tanzania to do brain and spine surgery, as well as his pioneering work in global medical education. “A beautiful, uplifting, overall satisfying narrative of first- and third-world surgeons working together to perform neurosurgical miracles in the heart of Africa,” said NBC’s Tom Brokaw. “ASA is now set to take Dr. Ellegala’s groundbreaking work to the next level by transforming the health-care delivery system for hundreds of millions of Africans, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.” “Xcelerate is committed to partnering with early-stage medical technology businesses and acquiring and applying patented technologies to clinical care around the world,” O’Shea stated.