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Friday, February 12, 2016

NITDA, Garki Hospital join forces on e-Health

The National information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said its willing to join forces with the Garki Hospital to improve health care delivery in the country through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) reports ITRealms.

The partnership which aims at increasing the level of government commitment to the Public Private Partnership in terms of eHealth deployment in what will be a Pilot Project which both parties expect will scale up over time.

The Acting Director General of NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji while hosting the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Ibrahim Wada in his office, asserted that “we need to develop our health sector to e-globally competitive” stressing that with adequate deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools in the health system, the  sector could make Nigeria medical tourism destination.

Dr. Olatunji emphasized that partnering with organisation like Garki Hospital would be a win-win situation for the hospital and the country at large as the effects of such collaboration would benefit the populace.

Underscoring the importance of the partnership, Dr. Wada urged Nigerians to see it as marriage of purpose with the aims of improving on the IT equipment and capacity of the hospital.

“The hospital can boast of 95 per cent IT compliance as we have digitalized all most all our operations. We have migrated from paper based medical record keeping to digital but we still need to map out how we can partner with NITDA to produce good health care delivery using IT,” he said.

He requested NITDA interventions on the establishment of e-library, training of health personnel in ICT, patients engagement and education and telemedicine service development. 

The agency assured the hospital that their requests would be look into as they are in line with the agency’s project on health sectors. 

The Head of e-Health Unit of the agency, Dr. Nkem Momah stated that this initiative was coming at a good time when NITDA is in the process of developing standards and guidelines for eHealth deployment nationally.

He assured that the two organisations have enough capacity to drive the initiative and would form a committee to come up with modalities for the partnership.

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