Lagos State Government introduces Technology device to promote precision healthcare delivery services to residents in all its health facilities.
The eHealth Information Technology will enable the collation of all relevant data from all hospitals in the state through single source to ensure proper and effective planning of precision healthcare for residents in the State.
Governor Babajide Sanwoolu who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat explained the model at the opening of a 3-day Smart Health Technical Symposium on e-Health themed “Lagos State Smart Health Information Platform, SHIP”.
According to Sanwoolu, the State is leveraging on modern Technology to deliver smart and efficient healthcare as well as bring more stakeholders on board its digital health platform for efficiency in its health and environment mandate.
The model which has already been tested in twelve hospitals in the state is being expanded to ensure many more hospitals are networked into the platform for greater development.
The Governor explained that the development of eHealth makes it possible to have a single source of truth with a solid data base that makes planning effective.
He emphasized the importance of accurate data in medicine and healthcare saying, “it is in fact the currency of the future” which will help government understand precisely the needs of the people of the state and ensures all these are well planned and budgeted.
“It is important for us to establish and strengthen our health information platform as this will positively impact on our various health care system, health financing through our universal health coverage, biosecurity, biosafety which will also lead to employment opportunities while opening doors for international collaboration”, the Governor added.
Sanwoolu noted that eHealth platform is similar to the art of technology recently launched by the state government adding that the technology master plan will allow developers to develop useful system in the state.
He revealed that the present administration is currently working on a 3000km of fiber optic network which allows accessible network to all hospitals and public agencies.
Earlier Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi explained how the State Smart Health Information Platform, SHIP works saying it delivers precision healthcare, medicine, accelerated human resource development, quality assurance, standardize exchange of information and optimize operating procedures.
Abayomi noted that the 3-day technical conference on eHealth is geared towards strengthening the Smart Health Information Platform (SHIP) of the State which would further strengthen the State’s one healthcare record policy.
According to the Commissioner, the smart health strategy will improve efficiency, reduce wastage of scarce resources, improve income generation, drive the bio-economy, accelerate human resource development, create global virtual health hub and prepare the State to enter the digital age of precision medicine.
“We are trying to up the game, it is a matter of making what we have do more and cover more people. So a good and working digital health platform makes the health system run faster, make it more efficient and remove the delay that may arise from patient referral and transfer between health facilities”, said Abayomi.
Partners in the development and management of the precision healthcare system are expected to assist government in working out the road map, global bench mark standards, develop workable business model, technical working group, timelines to first prototype as well as income generating strategies to make the precision healthcare delivery a success.
The one Lagos-One Health digital strategy is solely a Lagos owned project.
Participants at the conference are expected to examine the modalities of bringing more hospitals from the primary to secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities on board the interactive Health Management Information system software, simply referred to as e-health project which had been introduced in 12 Lagos State owned hospitals some years ago.