The telemedicine industry has proven to be an essential tool in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic by proving an alternative to in-person doctor appointments – remote monitoring of patients with various health conditions. Furthermore, virtual patient care is not only innovative but allows providers to interact with patients in a way that eliminates exposure to the highly contagious Covid-19 virus and reduces personal protective equipment (PPE) usage amid a worldwide shortage.

Digital health company Audere recently launched its Covid-19 digital companion app in South Africa, aimed at providing vital health information and support to individuals during the pandemic. The app offers features such as symptom tracking, self-assessment tools, and access to telemedicine services. As the pandemic continues to ravage the world, digital health solutions are becoming more important than ever before. Audere’s app is one such solution, designed to support patients and healthcare providers alike in managing the spread of the virus. At the start of the pandemic, various governments in different countries recognised the importance and benefits of mobile health apps and encouraged the development of new mobile health technologies. In March 2020, the US Congress lifted Medicare requirements for telemedicine in order to provide easier access to telehealth services for patients and healthcare workers. According to GlobalData, the regulated medical app market will reach $12.1bn by 2030.

Overall, the launch of the Audere Covid-19 digital companion app in South Africa has been a game-changer for the healthcare IT sector. Moreover, the app’s symptom-tracking feature allows individuals to monitor their health status and seek medical attention if necessary. This is particularly important in countries such as South Africa, where the healthcare system is already under significant strain.