On 09/Oct/2019 / In Medical News
The Chief Executive Officer of Medflit, a telemedicine firm, Mr Adeyinka Adeniran, has stated that the health challenges in the country could be solved by embracing telemedicine. Adeniran, in an interview with our correspondent, noted that telemedicine existed to remove boundaries in health care by cutting down the cost of medicine by almost 90 per cent.
“It is no news that Nigeria’s health care system is underdeveloped with several barriers to health care, including health disparity, distance, cost and patient waiting time. “Technology adoption, including telemedicine, can potentially revolutionise the country’s health care system. It allows health care providers to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients using technology,” Adeniran said.
He added that telemedicine was capable of augmenting rather than compete with physical hospitals. “The purpose of telemedicine is to attend to non-emergency conditions. Users who need physical examinations or cases of medical emergencies are referred immediately, which is why Medflit is an integrated platform that allows for hospital, pharmacy and laboratory bookings.
“Health care practitioners are gradually getting tired of the country’s health care system. After long academic years and practice, medical practitioners are not well rewarded, with financial and non-financial incentives. Health care policies that encourage health practitioners and strengthen the system need to be established. Finally, accountability, transparency and use of technology, including telemedicine, will further advance our health care system,” Adeniran said.
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