Today, my guest is KP Yelpaala. He is the CEO and Founder of Access Mobile, which is a digital health company committed to improving access to and quality of healthcare – with an added twist: they are deploying their technology in emerging markets across Africa. KP is a first-generation American whose parents immigrated to the US from Ghana. He was born in Wisconsin, and has lived in all over the world in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and more. He has made his home in Denver, Colorado.
KP started out studying pre-medicine at university, and although he’s passionate about healthcare, he eventually developed the sense that he was really an entrepreneur at heart. He did a masters of public health at Yale, before going on to do some really fantastic work with organizations like the Clinton Foundation.
KP has spent years working in the field with public health systems, and knows firsthand the challenges of delivering healthcare to rural and underserved communities.
Today, he shares his experience in creating change, breaking down barriers, and delivering a much needed service to users in Africa.
- The unacceptable situation of health resources in sub-saharan Africa
- The winding road that led to deploying mobile technology in Africa
- The opportunities and benefits for commercial organizations serving emerging markets
- The importance of investment in creating quality healthcare services
- The differences in mobile technology between emerging and developed markets
- How developing regions can leapfrog with better technology
- Key partnerships that are making an impact
Links and Resources Mentioned
- Access Mobile
- Microsoft’s 4Afrika program
- Facebook’s Free Basics program
- Catalyst Health Tech Innovation, Denver, Colorado
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Lighting Round Answers
Q: What is a saying or quote that motivates you:
A: “It always seems impossible until it is done” – Nelson Mandela
Q: What advice do you have for innovators and entrepreneurs working in health?
A: Entrepreneurs see the right opportunities but often get the timing wrong. In any successful innovation, it always takes time. It’s possible to get there, but no matter how you do it, it’s probably going to take longer than you expect.
Q: What technology, tool or app would you recommend, and why?
A: Communication tools: Slack, What’s App, Skype
Q: We will be making a financial donation to a charity of your choice. What charity have you selected?
A: Charities that support entrepreneurship and making a difference…stay tuned!
ABOUT THE HOST
As an engineer and business leader, I've worked to develop, launch and scale innovative products and solutions that impact health and wellness. As an entrepreneur, I know firsthand what it takes to start a business, build a team, and compete in the global marketplace.
On Digital Health Today, I leverage my experiences to help great leaders and innovators tell their stories and connect to users, investors and other stakeholders.