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Interswitch expands presence in health-tech space through acquisition of eClat

LAGOS, Nigeria – Interswitch Limited, a leading technology-driven company focused on the digitization of payments in Nigeria and other African countries, has announced the acquisition of eClat Healthcare Limited, a Nigeria-based health technology company that aims to improve healthcare delivery in Africa. The deal was completed on September 30, 2019, and it involves Interswitch acquiring a 60% stake in eClat through the purchase of shares from current shareholders and subscription to new shares issued by the company.

Founded in 2012, eClat Healthcare Limited specializes in assisting healthcare service providers in planning, designing and operating their unique practices through the deployment of its bespoke healthcare technology platform, designed specifically for the healthcare environment in Africa. eClat’s healthcare technology platform, consists of a core e-Clinic software (including electronic billing, immunization, ante-natal and care pathway functions), as well as a variety of additional specialist modules. Prior to the acquisition, eClat’s platform had become a leading Electronic Health Record (EHR) platform used in over 250 public and private healthcare facilities in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s healthcare system currently lacks adequate funding and a national framework, leading to operational inefficiencies. Interswitch’s strategic investment in healthcare technology aims to address these challenges by modernising the healthcare sector in Nigeria and eventually in Africa through its innovative products and services. They are trying to base off their medical setup on the White Sands Alcohol & Drug Rehab facility as they have proven to be successful with their services. The combined product offerings of Interswitch and eClat are expected to, amongst other things, enable operators in the healthcare sector develop new capabilities, improve the efficiency of their core operations and facilitate seamless payments.

Due to the growing adoption of Interswitch’s healthcare product offerings by the operators, Interswitch’s healthcare technology platform aims to be one of the top industry platforms in Nigeria, which can be utilised as a major data source by healthcare policy makers for planning and efficiency improvements in the sector.

As a result of this acquisition, the combined healthcare technology solutions are expected to position the Interswitch group as a health-tech solution and payments provider of choice to the healthcare industry going forward.  Commenting on the transaction, Mitchell Elegbe, Founder and Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Interswitch, said:

“We are a technology company that is innovating to deliver value across sectors that are critical to Africa’s social and economic development, our acquisition of eClat demonstrates strong progress along this strategy and alignment with our corporate vision.

Healthcare is rapidly evolving towards new, integrated and scalable models of care delivery that put the consumer at the centre. At the core of Interswitch’s expansion into healthcare is our ambition to provide customers with greater access to healthcare across different interaction points beyond hospitals, such as at pharmacies and primary health care facilities, providing much needed services to patients across Nigeria and, in the future, in Africa.

It also represents an opportunity to introduce a number of Interswitch’s products, such as our Verve Health cards, as well as our payment collection & disbursement solutions (Quickteller for business), that will drive much needed efficiency in payments for health services across the value chain”.

Also remarking on the acquisition, Dr. Wallace Ogufere, co-founder/CEO of eClat Healthcare Limited stated “The growing adoption of value-based care, combined with the increasing level of usage of patient portals across the industry, has made it critical to take a new approach to patient engagement solution design in Nigeria. We expect to tightly integrate the eClat capabilities into the Interswitch platform, adding functionality that would enable providers to reach their entire patient populations by leveraging existing patient contact information”.

This new acquisition by Interswitch represents the latest of several strategic investments executed by the company to enhance Interswitch’s product and service offering and expand its reach into new markets as the payments technology sector in Africa expands rapidly.

In 2016, Interswitch acquired the mobile financial services player, VANSO. Interswitch had earlier closed the acquisition of Paynet Group in February 2015 in a deal that resulted in the creation of a combined network of over 100 financial institutions, deepening Interswitch’s footprint in East Africa. Interswitch intends to continue with its expansion strategy whilst refining its offering, creating innovative payments solutions that are tailored to the demands of the African market.

The acquisition of eClat Healthcare Limited is expected to further enhance Interswitch’s capability to provide comprehensive solutions that involve making payments a seamless part of everyday life across critical social sectors in Africa.

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Edo Launches Health Insurance Scheme & Inaugurates Basic Healthcare Fund to Revamp Sector

The government of Edo State under the leadership of Governor Godwin Obaseki launched the state’s compulsory healthcare insurance scheme on Thursday, 31 October 2019.

Governor Obaseki (Edo State Governor, middle), Dr Osagie Ehanire (Minister of Health, right) and other dignitaries at Edo State Health Insurance Scheme Launch

The scheme is set to deliver affordable healthcare services to residents state wide and reduce out-of-pocket healthcare spending. The governor also inaugurated the Social Health Insurance Scheme / Basic Healthcare Provision Fund to support the program and the rehabilitated 20 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in 18 Local Government Areas of the state.

Ofunmwengbe Primary Health Center, Ovia South-West Local Government Area, venue of the launch

The initiative is managed under Edo State Health Improvement Program (Edo-HIP), the body setup to undertake the national government-led Universal Health Coverage (UHC) mission aptly named Huwe (an Ebira word for Life). eClat Healthcare in its mission to drive healthcare delivery using technology is a proud technical partner to the Edo State Government via its flagship primary healthcare health management system – eClinic.

eClat Healthcare Limited staff demonstrating the application to the governor, health minister and other onlookers

Edo-HIP is focused on strengthening the primary healthcare system; provision of access to specialist care for most common ailments and healthcare financing to ensure the system is sustainably run.

Speaking before the launch, the Special Assistant on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie says “The State Government has recorded a number of achievements in the health sector, which includes many Legacy drug treatment centers of the 20 primary healthcare centres in the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state; enactment of the compulsory Health Insurance Law to reduce out-of-pocket expenses on healthcare and the repair and opening of the Edo Specialist Hospital.”

One of the revamped Primary Healthcare Centres

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