The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that the State Government will deploy technology to aid precise, faster and smarter healthcare services in all medical facilities as a means of achieving its Health and Environment mandate.
Sanwo-Olu, who disclosed this while declaring open a three-day Smart Health Technical Symposium on e-Health themed: “Lagos State Smart Health Information Platform (SHIP)”, stressed that the present administration is prepared to leverage on technology to improve healthcare delivery.
The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, stated that the e-Health symposium was organised by the State Ministry of Health to enhance the already existing e-health platform to ensure Lagos remains in tune with modern technology, adding that the development of e-Health makes it possible to have a single source of truth with a solid database which makes planning effective.
“It is important for us to establish and strengthen our health information platform as this will positively impact on our various healthcare systems, health financing through our universal health coverage, biosecurity and biosafety which will also lead to employment opportunities while opening doors for international collaboration”, the Governor said.
Highlighting the importance of accurate data in medicine and healthcare delivery, Sanwo-Olu described data as the currency of the future, stressing that data generated under the Lagos State One Health strategy would enable the present administration to better meet the needs of residents and implement lasting policies for the benefit of future generations
Sanwo-Olu averred that the e-Health platform is similar to the “Art of Technology” recently launched by the State government, adding that the present administration is also working on a 3000 km fibre-optic network to allow access to all hospitals and public agencies in the State.
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi pointed out that the technical conference on e-Health is geared towards strengthening the Smart Health Information Platform (SHIP) of the State for more robust healthcare policy.
He listed the advantages of SHIP to include precision medicine, accelerated human resource development, quality assurance, standardisation of information exchange and optimisation of operating procedures, noting that SHIP was initiated in furtherance of the efforts to upscale healthcare delivery in Lagos State.
Abayomi explained further that the Lagos State Smart Health strategy will improve efficiency, reduce wastage of scarce resources, improve income generation, drive the bio-economy, accelerate human resource development, create global virtual health hub and prepare the State for the digital age of precision medicine.