ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Health, Vincent Okpala says the state will partner Sterling Bank Plc., Helium Health partners to digitise state-owned healthcare facilities.
Dr Okpala said this during an advocacy visit by the representatives from the bank and Helium Health in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.
The commissioner explained that the partnership would help in ensuring good data collection, better documentation and optimal performance from healthcare providers in the state.
He noted that the state government encouraged Public Private Partnership (PPP), in all the sectors and as an enabling environment created by Gov. Willie Obiano’s administration to promote good governance.
“The idea is great; data is key to most of the things we do, especially at the care level.
“With good data, we’ll have better documentation and better ideas of what happens to patients.
“When you have a new patient and you want to look at his/her history, you’ll not struggle over doctors or nurses writing as those things are already captured.
“It helps to improve quality of care, above every other thing and you don’t have inputs that may be misinterpreted by the nurse thereby administering wrong medication.”
According to him, at the administrative level, it helps in auditing, capturing and blocking revenue leakages and it gives a better efficient management of the system.
The commissioner re-assured them of the state government’s commitment in partnering with them.
Sterling Bank representative, Mr Nnamdi Onyia said that they were seeking collaboration and partnership in the state with regards to the bank’s strategy and digitisation of healthcare in Anambra.
Mr Onyia noted the bank resolved to reposition healthcare not only in Anambra but in all the states in order to help people to access quality healthcare.
According to him, the collaboration is in progress and he is satisfied with the outcome of their deliberations with the ministry of health.
He explained that the essence of partnership was to ensure that people in the state enjoy quality healthcare and a healthcare system to be digitised.
“Appropriate data will be taken care of, human care will as well be taken care of and our partner, Helium Health did wonderful presentations, which the commissioner appreciated.”
Executive Director, Helium Health, Miss Tito Ovia, said that they give healthcare providers a comprehensive suite of technology solutions dedicated to managing every aspect of healthcare delivery. “We are specialised in electronic medical records, telemedicine, administration and financial management.
“Our robust solutions introduce data, transparency and cost efficiency to health financing, enabling funders of all types from health management officers to donor agencies to seamlessly and confidently pay for health.
“With our Electronic Medical Records and Health Management Information System (EMR/HMIS) solution, health facilities can automate and improve their processes, Turbo-charge their operational efficiency.
“It will also increase patient’s satisfaction, boost revenue and focus on practicing medicine and not administration.”
Miss Ovia said that she was personally amazed at the commissioner’s intelligence and vast knowledge in digitisation.
“We are so glad that the ministry has a man who is passionate about healthcare and that is what drives our company because we want to see healthcare revolutionised in Nigeria and Africa.
“Our aim is to ensure that people have seamless access to healthcare instead of travelling abroad and we also want to help retain revenue here as well as increase the GDP in Africa.
“If we have accurate data in our fingertips, you can imagine the type of improvement in planning revenue allocation.”
People who were in attendance during the visit include Dr Ugochukwu Chukwulobelu, State Director, Medical Service, Mrs Onyedikachi Oluchi, Senior Special Assistant to Governor obiano on Equipment and Supply.
Others are Mrs Ogoo Osuachalla, Mr Nonso Okonkwo, both from Sterling bank and Miss Franca Onodje from Helium Health.