NITDA Conducts e-Health Training in Conjunction With MCMASTER University Canada

NITDA, in line with its mandate has 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.

The objective of this exercise was 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.

The training exercise took place from 14th – 22nd June, 2016 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Calabar, Cross River State. A total of 38 different beneficiaries drawn from 17 different organizations within both the public and private sectors were in attendance. The training was declared open officially on Wednesday 15th June, 2016 by the Ag. DG NITDA who was represented by Dr. Nkem Momah, Head of NITDA e-Health Unit. Participating organizations includes:

  1. NITDA
  2. Federal Ministry of Health
  3. Federal Ministry of Communication Technology
  4. Ogun State Bureau for ICT
  5. Abia State Ministry of Health
  6. Cross River State Ministry of Health
  7. Cross River State Ministry of ICT
  8. FCT Health Secretariat
  9. Nigeria Navy
  10. Federal Road Safety Corp
  11. Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria
  12. Health Records & Registration Board
  13. National Action Committee on Aids (NACA)
  14. Nigeria Police Force
  15. University of Calabar Teaching Hospital
  16. National Assembly
  17. Asi Ukpo Laboratories Calabar

The training covered the following specific areas: Definition Of E-Health/Fundamentals Of Healthcare Systems, EHR, EMR, ePHR – Transition from Paper to Electronic, Evidence Based Medicine Clinical Practice Guidelines, Patient Self Care Management, Laboratory Information System (Kano Experience), Training Session National Health ICT Strategy and, Public Health. In addition to the specific areas covered, a presentation was also made by Opeyemi, an eHealth enthusiast titled; “Embracing e-Winds of Change”.

Furthermore, the training was very interactive and stimulating for the Participants and it is expected that beneficiaries of this training will further on and put their newly acquired skills to the practise of e-Health.

As a follow up to this program, the Agency will be hosting the maiden edition of Africa’s e-Health Summit with the theme; “Digitizing Healthcare in Africa to Achieve Universal Health Coverage’’ in Abuja from 23rd – 27th October, 2016.

This event will bring together Thought Leaders, Policy Makers and Technical Players to discuss and proffer solutions to matters arising within the emerging sector.