Digitising health data, crucial for universal healthcare for Nigeria- Group 

Engr. Kunle Adesida, Co-Founder, Cranium Integrated Solutions Limited, on Wednesday called on all stakeholders to digitise all healthcare systems, for Nigeria to meet its universal healthcare target.

Adesida, who made this call at the opening of the 2022 Digital Health Summit in Abuja, said with the introduction of a hospital management software, there would be improved access to care and service delivery.

According to him, digitising healthcare is an opportunity for patients to participate in managing their health and supports hospital authorities in developing comprehensive health care policies.

He called on hospitals to partner with his organisation in its newly introduced Cranium Hospital Management Software, designed to manage all aspects of hospital operations.

“The key benefits of using Cranium Hospital Management Software is the easy access to doctor’s data to generate varied records, including classification based on demographic, gender, age, and so on.

“It is especially beneficial at out-patient point, hence enhancing continuity of care, also, Internet-based access improves the ability to remotely access such data.

“Improved monitoring of drug usage, and study of effectiveness, could lead to the reduction of adverse drug interactions while promoting more appropriate pharmaceutical utilisation.

“We are calling on all stakeholders to digitise the healthcare delivery system, towards meeting the universal healthcare target in the country’’.

Dr Toyin Lawal, Director Nursing, UCLA Health California USA, said Digital health was critical, as it connects people to healthcare services at the right time, and in a sustainable manner.

She said the benefits includes; access to health care to those in rural areas with limited resources, reduced maternal child mortality ratio, patient safety and improve medical education.

Lawal said data management could also be achieved, saying with access to a smartphone, one would be in control of ones’ health.

“The implementation of digital health services is in alignment with the United Nation’s sustainable development goal three with the set targets of healthcare.

“This is founded on the mission that ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development’’.

Dr Rowland Ojinmah, President, Nigerian Medical Association, said no one should be denied healthcare services, saying it entailed that all population accesses qualitative care when needed.

Ojinmah, represented by Dr David Meshach, said Nigeria was party to universal healthcare target by the WHO, hence the introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme in 2005.

He said it was saddening that only 10 per cent of Nigerians enjoyed the scheme, with challenges of weak health system, reflected through poor funding, human capital flight, brain drain, among others.

“Nigeria currently neglected its primary health care system which was the first point of care for many Nigerians, we are experiencing capital flight through medical tourism.

“Over N10 billion is spent annually for medical tourism, we need a health governance structure and leadership that works’’.

The NMA president however called for private sector partnership, and an accountable system that cuts down corruption, thereby promoting efficient healthcare delivery for the citizens.

Highlights of the event was the presentation of Awards of Excellence in healthcare delivery to Governors of Lagos, Ekiti, Abia, Delta and Edo states. 

Also, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Dr Raphael Akangbe, Dr Adeolu Arogundade and Prof. Chimezie Anyakora were also honored with Awards of Excellence in Healthcare delivery. 

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