The Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service has engaged the services of Lightwave ehealthcare Services (LWEHS) to roll out an integrated health care solution that includes a Centralized data center with a 24 hour recovery unit to serve as an infrastructure platform for a patient-centered health care solution.
The solution will network all health facilities including agencies of the Ministry of Health, provide electronic Medical records for care seekers, enable and facilitate tele medicine, and develop a a real time bio-surveillance system – which will support the fight against disease outbreaks and the spread of communicable disease.
The system which integrates with the current National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) enables the development of a patient management system – this will streamline the Admission, discharge and transfer process of healthcare.
The project which was launched last Monday at the Kasoa Polyclinic where the pilot was ongoing, attracted a gathering of healthcare professionals, hospital administrators and government officials.
Launching the project, Minister of Health, Mr Alex Segbefia. admonished the fact that the platform will help cut down cost of treatment, ease referral systems while ensuring privacy.
He was optimistic that the system will help check delays and fraud as it integrates and supports validation of NHIS claims.
Chief Technology Officer of Lightwave Mr Thomas Mac Scofield, said the project was a culmination of years of planning and working with the MOH to bring ehealth solutions to the public health care industry.
Mr Thomas Mac Scofield revealed to Ghanahealthnest.com that, the cost of the project is covered by the government through the MoH and GHS thus will not require patients or subscribers to pay for it.
Nrip Nihalani consultant technician with LightWave revealed to Ghanahealthnest.com that the project follows Ghana’s Data privacy and HIPAA laws to ensure its safety.
He added that, the time was right for Ghana as most countries have gone ahead and made significant mistakes. “Ghana is at the absolute time with the technologies, the budgets, the preparedness all meeting together to launch its e-health”, Nrip intoned.
It is expected that over a five year period a total of GHC234.6M will be saved on drug inventory alone as a result of efficient management systems.
The project has currently started with Five districts in the central Region.
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.