‘Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion’ll im­prove health out­comes, sus­tain­abil­ity’

The Punch - - NEWS - Dayo Ojerinde

THE Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Re­ju­ve­nate 360 Limited, Mr Onyekachi Agu­dosi, has said that dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion will im­prove health out­comes and pa­tients care.

Agu­dosi said this dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Re­ju­ve­nate Learn Health Ini­tia­tive re­cently in La­gos.

He said the ini­tia­tive was de­signed to help in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties to im­prove their over­all health by in­creas­ing their at­ti­tude for bet­ter health through a pro­fes­sional learn­ing plat­form.

“We have seen sit­u­a­tions where peo­ple do not know what to do when a doc­tor is not reach­able to give them ad­e­quate in­for­ma­tion on what to do in an emer­gency. This led me to in­tro­duce the ini­tia­tive The pur­pose is to en­able you learn what do when the doc­tor is not avail­able,” Agu­dosi said.

He added that the ini­tia­tive would men­tally pre­pare the peo­ple for an epi­demic, pro­vide an in­sight on proper di­et­ing and nutrition, ad­vo­cate qual­ity care and health care fi­nanc­ing.

“To move the con­ver­sa­tion for­ward and to re­shape the nar­ra­tive, we need to start tak­ing care of the primary health care. This in­cludes un­der­stand­ing in­fec­tion and con­trol, un­der­stand­ing dis­eases and hav­ing the ba­sic knowl­edge of health care en­ter­prise.

“We are giv­ing ac­cess to health care prac­ti­tion­ers. If some­one is try­ing to find ba­sic in­for­ma­tion about health care or the near­est hos­pi­tal, it should free. Also, we are try­ing to push the con­ver­sa­tion for­ward be­cause dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion is here to stay. There is al­ways a way for­ward and it is strate­gic in­no­va­tive and dis­rup­tive,” Agu­dosi said.

The Coun­try Man­ager, Health Con­nect 247, Dr Uche Udeozo, said digi­ti­sa­tion would address the un­sat­is­fied needs in the health care in­dus­try.

He said, “Dig­i­tal health tech­nol­ogy can in­crease the pa­tient to doc­tor ra­tio and im­prove health out­comes of pa­tients. Re­mote ac­cess means less chances of con­tract­ing a dis­ease due to re­duced ex­po­sure to pa­tients un­der treat­ment in a health care fa­cil­ity.”

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