Link(ing) Health with Technology

Our pursuit

At Link Health we are replacing the view that only biological factors determine the health of a patient. By implementing ubiquitous health management systems; biological, physiological, and sociological factors can be assessed to support patients on their road to health.

for Patients

Our system will offer the patient a way to take charge of their health status by capturing their measurements, their mood, and their social support.

for Clinicians

With a holistic e-health patient management tool, we will reduce the workload and improve effectiveness of treatment plans.

The challenge

Healthcare is not readily accessible, and the systems that are in place often fail to ensure a good prognosis for diseases that should be preventable.

There is also a significant shortfall in the acquisition, storage, and processing of medical data in South Africa. Particularly in the public sector, patients typically have very limited access to their own medical data. Tracking the patients’ health between care providers and organizations has also been identified as a point of failure as there is limited data sharing between organizations.

The challenge

South Africa has 1 doctor per 4024 people. Healthcare is not readily accessible, and the systems that are in place often fail to ensure a good prognosis for diseases that should be preventable.

There is also a significant shortfall in the acquisition, storage, and processing of medical data in South Africa. Particularly in the public sector, patients typically have very limited access to their own medical data. Tracking the patients’ health between care providers and organizations has also been identified as a point of failure as there is limited data sharing between organizations.

The utility

By collecting the patient’s biopsychosocial information, a holistic patient health status can be generated. Normally, the medical staff sees the patients too irregularly to detect side effects before the reaction is irreversible. The information acquired could facilitate improved treatments and early detection of risks to a patient’s health.

The team

Daniel Rimbault

Medical futurist

Daniel (LinkedInbelieves strongly that South African companies should be the ones developing the solutions that help solve the problems in the local health care space. He has detailed technical knowledge in medicine and engineering. His years of work experience at both corporate and start-ups gives him a solid understanding of the challenges faced by large and small companies, which has helped him develop scalable healthcare solutions. 

Daniel holds a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, where his academic work culminated in pulse sequence development and data analytics for Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the University of Cape Town and Johns Hopkins University.    

Abrie Coertze

Technology translator

With a pragmatic attention to detail Abrie (LinkedIn) is an expert in the digital space. He is a strong proponent of the Biopsychosocial Model, the core value at Link Health, which advocates for a holistic view on patient health. 

He holds a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering, a Bachelors in Mechatronic Engineering, and is experienced in Interaction Design. His career has immersed him in understanding how technology can be utilised for health care, specialising in m-health applications, patient-specific data management, and computer-mediated reality systems to help improve medical services.

Tamsin Purkis

Front end guru and design engineer

Tamsin (LinkedIn) is a  highly qualified Mechanical Engineer (MEng – cum laude), with years’ experience taking the lead on design projects. With her research having specialised in biomedical sensing and analysis she is not one to shy away from a challenge and thrives on solving hard problems. 

She brings a unique edge to the team with her creative thinking and artistic skills combined with her technical expertise – not to mention her incredible wit! Tamsin is passionate about the beauty of integrating engineering fields to make a difference in the world. 

Emile Lombard

Full stack wizard

With engineering his passion since an early age Emile (LinkedIn) is a brilliant software developer, devops engineer, and electronic engineer. Qualified as an Electrical and Electronic Engineer (BEng) he has gained a wealth of skills and expertise in IoT and informatics in just a few years of work experience. 

Comfortable taking on tasks in completely unknown technologies where he quickly gains proficiency. What’s more he is a aviculturist, grower of plants, and brewer of beer!

Martin Nieuwoudt

The Knowlegde

As one of the most experienced and respected academic minds in Biomedical Engineering in the country Martin (LinkedIn) brings with him a wealth of knowledge and skills. He is the director for the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Stellenbosch University. Skilled in Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Statistics and Machine Learning. He has a passion for Medical Device and Biotechnology innovation, having held various roles at Stellenbosch University, Northwestern University, and Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. 

Martin’s academic career has seen particular focus in the development of Bioartificial Organ Technology, improving Epidemiological Biostatistical Data Analytics methods for the evaluation of particularly immune outcomes to infectious and other diseases, longitudinal changes with blood indices, and currently the development of Biomedically Engineered Technologies and the use of Statistical and Machine Learning Data Analytics techniques to examine disease prognosis and treatment outcomes.

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