Medics Asked to Incorporate ICT with Health Care

Medical practitioners have been argued to embrace the new innovations in Information Computer Technology (ICT) for ease in delivery of medical services.

The call was made during the 4th edition of the Vodafone Power Talks held at Serena Hotel Kampala themed “Improving Access and Delivery of Healthcare through ICT”.

Allan Richardson, sildenafil the CEO Vodafone Uganda new technologies present a unique opportunity for health experts and researchers and policy makers to manage different health situations.

“There are several success stories in developed markets and some emerging markets of patients being empowered and connected to physicians to look after themselves, information pills ” Richardson said.

He however stressed that success in incorporating technology with medical care can only be achieved if there’s reliable and affordable data services and devices.

“This calls for development of required software platforms and Apps to enable access in addition to education both health care professionals and patients on the benefits of m-Health, healing ” said Lutwama.

A number of innovations created by Ugandans were exhibited at the forum, among them; Matibabu a non invasive technology for malaria diagnosis, WinSenga which monitors heart rates for Fetus and Macotuba an App to test for Tuberculosis.

Andrew Lutwama, the e-Health Advisor in the Ministry of Health advocated for focused aggregation of software in healthcare to support meaningful innovation.

He said government has set up an innovation institute with a grant of USD 6M for innovators with great ideas.

“This initiative has potential of creating over 600,000 jobs through e-Health in Uganda. The estimated socioeconomic potential for health is 33 billion dollars in the next 5 years,” Lutwama said.

Other discussants included; Dr. Paul Okello Aliker, the CEO Dental Studio, Alfred Wise the Living Goods Country Director and Judy Mugoya from Smart Applications among others.



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