Soon to go high-tech in treating patients, a Health Ministry source explained for Sri Lanka, with a novel patient centric ‘e-health solution programme,’ which is in its experimental stage right now. The present methods being used for treatment are more doctor centric and lack the required communication between the doctor and the patient. On many occasions patients leave the consulting room, dissatisfied. Especially in rural ares or in remote parts of the country where people have to travel long distances to consult a specialist. To handle the constraints in the health care delivery, e health solutions are of great significance. The e-health programme is patient centered and here the patient has a say in what type of treatment they get, said Ministry spokesman W.M.D Wanninayaka.
The new system enables a doctor to check the patient in a far off area through an IT linkage using computer images and health data. The doctor is then able to come to a prognosis and will advise the patient on the treatment required or write a prescription for the patient right away. Wanninayaka added, The Colombo University’s School of Computing has formulated the software components for the project.