The chief executive officer & co-founder of e-health4everyone, Dr. Ime Asanganasi has said that e-health would improve communication system in the health care delivery in Nigeria, if hospitals have integrated system that are data-driven
He made this known while addressing journalists in Lagos during the 9th Annual General Meeting/Scientific Conference of the Association of Resident Doctors of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, (LASUTH).
He said, “e-health is the application of information and communication technology into health care delivery and m-health refers to the use of mobile technology in rendering health service.”
Asangansi stressed that e-health system entails the information and data collection that would enable the public health communication system and government officers to plan for the health budget in the sector, adding that they would need a system that would collect data
through the entire state and a system that would monitor the epidemic trend of health care system.
According to him, “The monitoring system would help to improve the promptness of the entire community in cases of disease like Ebola and Lassa fever.”
Asangansi said that e-health focuses on different aspects such as, electronic health, that includes behavioural change, health care communication system and how to improve patient’s health using digital medicine to prove better health service-based on knowledge accessed by physicians.
He said that, “The system would help physicians applying to take care of patients to get prompt reminders on information about such patients, like what drugs are contradictory to their health, information management and logistics.”
Asangansi, urged on the need for interoperability and integration system amongst hospitals in the country, saying, “If they have system that enable them talk to each other it will seem less for patients and even for a public physician, who want to know what is happening in the health care sector of Lagos State, if the physician had integrated system that collects data through the entire state for all hospitals, it would make it easier for the physicians to know how many malaria attacks a patient has had in the past and other diseases.”
Also, speaking, Consultant Psychiatrist, Federal Neuro Psychiatrist Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta, Dr. Adeboyega ogunwale, said that information management is key to e-health communication system in the health care sector, saying that e-mail intended for a particular recipient should be made confident, as a third party should not be given access to such information.
According to him, “Information must be secure before connecting to a network, as the responsibility of a network is plus and to ensure that data sent has not been intercepted or seen other than the intended recipient”.
He however warned medical practitioners to be careful about information sent through the Internet, as e-mails can be hacked, urging them to take all possible measures to protect their e-mails from being hacked, as data and information collected needed to be kept secured for the intended recipient.