Health Policy

eHealth advancements in Rwanda

Advances in the use of ICT in various applications such as medicine and business have started as part of the Video Conference Project. Initiated by MININFRA and the former RITA now RDB in conjunction with Huawei Technologies Ltd, as a pilot project three years back. In the beginning it was meant for six sites that had been identified during the first phase, along with the installation of the video conferencing system. but it was noted that ehealth as a facility became a necessity within the local medicine practitioners, for RDB, the ministries and other government institutions after a realization that the referral hospitals would benefit from this by using the same technology for telemedicine and distance learning which has been part of the video conference project. Later, considering this matter that three hospitals namely King Faisal, CHUK and CHUB were included in the pilot phase. This project has been more beneficial and thus operational to the Ministry of Health sites where it is being utilized in three teaching hospitals and in what has come to be known as the telemedicine project.

The same is the case because all the teaching hospitals are equipped with the video conference system and interconnected with fiber optic cable network. Also similar system is installed at RBD/IT, in three provincial headquarters. It intends to soon to install such technologies in other two for easy communication between the local and central government without the need to travel which is cost effective and more productive. More video conferencing facilities are to be brought by RDB and the same is to be deployed in other sites which include high courts all over the country, universities and others.

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