Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Honourable Minister for Health

Government to digitise Nigerian patients’ records, hospital finances: Minister

*The Federal Government is exploring the possibility of instituting an effective and efficient health system in in the country ─Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Honourable for Health

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Perhaps in line with what obtains in other developed climes in terms of effective healthcare services real time, the Nigerian Government has said that it is making plans to fully automate patients’ records and hospital finances in the country.

Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Honourable Minister for Health, who stated this in a keynote address at a media engagement in Abuja, FCT, stressed that the idea is to deal with administrative lapses in public health institutions by introducing a fully automated electronic management system of patients’ records and finances.

The Minister pledged that the Federal Government would strengthen “a framework that mandates quarterly financial reporting on critical funding lines, in line with the provisions of the National Health Act 2014.”

“A fully automated electronic management system of patient records and finances will be introduced by NHIS to plug loopholes for leakages and to also allow patient records to be accessible anywhere the patient seeks care in Nigeria, for better, faster service,” Ehanire stated.

He further noted that “the Federal Ministry of Health is working to strengthen accountability and transparency, with establishment of Electronic Medical Records at federal tertiary hospitals, for efficiency and accountability in service delivery and a framework that mandates quarterly financial reporting on critical funding lines, in line with the provisions of the National Health Act 2014.”

According to him, the Federal Government is exploring the possibility of instituting an effective and efficient health system in Nigeria.

Ehanire added that Expert Advisory Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health is working on ways to empower the National Tertiary Health Institutions Standards Committee, reduce the current imbalance between primary, secondary, and tertiary health care, and ensure active private sector involvement in the health sector.

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