Wednesday, 5 August 2015

More funding key to successful e-health approach in Kenya

webNaivasha August 4, 2015-Kenya's public health sector is a bit conservative in adopting the use of new technologies such as Information and Communication Technology (ICT), health experts have stressed at a high-level inaugural e-health conference at Sopa Lodges in Kenya's Naivasha. "We have a current government which calls itself digital.

We want to see digitization in all sectors but somehow the health sector is conservative. We are dealing with a vital sector which seems not receptive to many of these new solutions," Dr. Peter Kimuu, of Development of Policy, Planning and Health Financing in the Ministry of Health told the conference.

While opening the three-day inaugural August 3-5 E-Health conference that brings together over 500 delegates from the health sector across on behalf of Director of Medical Services, Dr. Kimuu said there is the very high level commitment. However, despite the commitment, he said what is required is to go further beyond the political commitment and actualize it. "By politicians saying we are digital is not enough.

We need not stick there. We need to go further and have the right policies, strategies and secure budget to ensure that we have full automation of the system to improve the system in the healthcare sector," he said. The three-day inaugural e-health conference brings together key health stakeholders, partners and the general public numbering over 500 delegates and over 5000 e-participants seeks to prepare Kenya as healthcare enters digital age.

Dr. Onesmus Kamau, head of e-health in the Ministry of Health said the e- health initiative is in the infancy stages in the adoption of e-health. "As compared with the financial sector where we see a lot of systems in use from mobile banking and all that, health sector has seen limited use of ICT especially in the public health facilities," said Dr. Kamau, adding that adoption of ICT in the health sector is in line to meeting the universal health coverage.Read More...

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