The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Dr Isa Pantami, has urged stakeholders reviewing the Draft National eHealth Policy to put heads together and come up with a document that would add value to the nation’s health sector, describing the review as a national assignment capable of moving the Country forward.
The DG made this call while delivering his goodwill message during the 2-day workshop for review of Draft National eHealth Policy holding at the Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Office, Abuja.
Dr Pantami called on the Review Committee to embrace the use of ICT to drive the health sector forward, maintaining that health is wealth and it is critical in moving Nigeria forward.
Pantami spoke through the Director, eGovernment Development and Regulation Department of the Agency, Dr Vincent Olatunji.
TechEconomy.ng recalls that NITDA has, in line with its mandate, considered healthcare as an important element of national security as public health not only functions to provide adequate and timely medical care but also track, monitor, and control disease outbreak.
As a way forward therefore, the Agency’s e-Health Unit following concerted effort and close interaction with McMaster University Canada, facilitated a capacity building exercise for stakeholders in Nigeria’s Health Sector in 2016.
Since then, the Agency has continued to push for this exercise as means to bridge fundamental knowledge gaps existing amongst e-Health stakeholders within Nigeria’s Health and ICT sectors.
Reducing healthcare costs while improving patient care is a collective objective and continuing challenge for the nation’s health sector.
The emergence of e-Health has been shown to reduce the cost of healthcare and increase efficiency through better retention and retrieval of records, better management of chronic diseases, shorter duration of admission etc.
With e-Health, there is a possibility of more affordable and accessible healthcare especially to underserved communities in Nigeria.