FG Tasked on Digitalisation of Healthcare 

Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan

The Chief Medical Director (CMD),  University College Hospital (UCH), Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, and a Consultant Neurologist in the hospital, Dr. Temitope Farombi, yesterday, called on the federal government to formulate policies and build infrastructure to ensure the digitalisation of healthcare in the country.

The duo made the call during the official launch of health EMR software (OHEALTH), with the theme: ‘’Digitalising Healthcare in Nigeria; Role of Private Sector Partnership’’, held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Otegbayo, who was the keynote  speaker at the event,  was represented by  a senior officer of the teaching hospital,  Dr. Olusola Olawoye.

OHEALTH is a telemedicine company dedicated to providing quality health care services through a proficient online medical platform that gives patients easy access to qualified and professional doctors for quality healthcare delivery.

Otegbayo while highlighting the importance of digitalising of healthcare, said:  ‘’It enhances patients’ care, it im≠≠roves operational efficiency, ensures data-driven healthcare, saves cost,  ensures technological advancement,  reduces patients’ waiting time, and  makes healthcare delivery feedback easier.’’  

Farombi, who is the visionary of Online Healthcare  said the project was created to address the problem of accessing medical history of patients.

She, however, urged the government to evolve policies and provide facilities that would enable the digitisation of healthcare delivery.

According to her, ‘’I will advise the government not just to pay lip service to digitalization of the health care system. But to take the right steps and ensure that appropriate infrastructure such stable electricity and alternative power like solar power is made available.

“Secondly, the government must be able to create policies for data management and implementation of digitisation of health care delivery and ensure that we go paperless in our health communication.”

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