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New digital healthcare platform provides services to families of African diaspora in Europe

September 11, 2019 • Digital Transformation, Healthcare, Top Stories

New digital healthcare platform provides services to families of  African diaspora in Europe

Susu provides a combination of insurance coverage and medical services to the families of the African diaspora in Europe.

Digital transformation practice based in Cape Town, South Africa has partnered with Ms Bola Bardet to create and launch Susu Healthcare. This digital healthcare company was taken from concept to launch in less than 18 months with the help of the experts at DYDX.

Susu, recently won the Sanofi in Africa Health Challenge at the Vivatech 2019 Conference in Paris, provides a combination of insurance coverage and medical services to the families of the African diaspora in Europe.

“DYDX used a service design process to develop Susu’s products and services,” said Nevo Hadas, managing partner at DYDX. “We focused on the different needs of the customer in Europe and the beneficiary in West Africa to design a system that delivers on both.”

Rolling out in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast, Susu is meeting a real need for the Ivorian community living in France. “The African diaspora takes pride in providing financial support to their families left in their home countries, predominantly ageing parents and those with chronic diseases,” explained Bola Bardet, Susu’s founder and chief executive “Money sent back to Africa for healthcare amounts to US$8 billion per year, yet quality healthcare, medication, and insurance is still unavailable in many African countries.”

With this problem in mind, Bardet approached DYDX (then &Innovation), to support her to understand this problem better and co-design a solution.

“Susu healthcare is a game-changer in the world of healthcare services and health insurance,” Hadas concluded. “We built a cutting-edge digital platform to enhance all its operations and customer experience, but this is just the enabler. Its strength isn’t in superior artificial intelligence or cryptocurrency, but in its dedicated focus on the markets and people that insurance companies ignore or overcharge.”

Edited by Fundisiwe Maseko
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