Telemedicine

Phone to solve Uganda’s Health problems

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There are many examples of the rapidly growing application of clinical medicine using information and communication technology. Many African countries are now looking upto the field of Telemedicine and experts in the same area, part of eHealth systems, that would help overcome problems of limited health care skills and growing disease burden. According to plan if things are executed, Uganda Government could eventually tap this rapidly growing medical field where it is possible to transfer medical information through telephone, the Internet or network for consulting, examining and carrying out medical procedure. Through project called “‘CT4MPOWER,’ the Health Ministry will use Isingiro district for pilot studies and try to figure out how Uganda can use ICT to improve the information flow from patients and communities to the regional referral get better health out comes.

USH 4 billion is the estimated cost of the project which will put an electronic patient referral and feedback mechanism in place. ICT4MPOWER will increase the effectiveness of the Ugandan health system and empower community health workers in the Isingiro district and Mbarara region for better health outcomes of the rural population, explained Dr. Edward Mukooyo, a Commissioner in the Ministry of Health and the in charge of the project. He added that unique patient identifier will also be put to use to strengthen the referral chain from the districts to the regional hospitals.

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