Use of technology in Nigeria healthcare
Use of technology in Nigeria healthcare has been tailored towards the health system functions, like disease surveillance, monitoring and reporting of health information, health financing and health care resource management.
Appropriate use of technology in Nigeria healthcare has been recorded to increase the quality of health care service provided, increase the number of people being served by reducing common barriers to accessibility of health information and services, especially in rural areas.
Critical to the success can be traced to the impact and agility of mobile devices as a means of communication and data collection within the health sector. The mobile devices are relatively inexpensive and ubiquitous.
Experience of the use of technology in Nigeria healthcare
Nigeria could save lives through improving information system by getting quality and correct data across to the stakeholders, for proper allocation and revenue delivery. For instance, technology application such database for maternal care rightly located within the 6 geographical zones of the country for health care quality assessment will improve the health care service delivery in less developed area districts.
The save one million lives project implemented in 2012, has made a land mark and it’s still making waves in the health care sector by strengthening quality health care delivery for all.
Also, the district health information system2 (DHIS2) that was used in tracking the progress of national health information system NHMIS has now been adopted by the internationally funded non-governmental organization in Nigeria to monitor its project in the country.
This has enabled the treatment and preventive mechanism to tackle epidemic and non-epidemic disease
Other benefits of the software includes;
- Appropriate health care resource allocation, both human resource and material resource
- Health care facility staff capacity building.
- Improved access to health care workers, thereby denouncing one doctor to one thousand patients attitude
- Strengthen cordial relationship between patients and health workers
- Sustaining safe and healthy habitable environment for the people.
In conclusion, there are pieces of evidence and proof that the use technology in Nigeria health care could enhance and improve healthcare delivery, the only challenge is the lack of awareness and sensitization.
Holds BSc degree in Public health from Babcock University, Has vast experience in community field work, health program planning, epidemiology, monitoring and evaluation, health promotion. Familiar with the health system from the federal government level to the local governments also worked with FHI 360