Telemedicine to Benefit Society at Large

Telemedicine, which is the delivery of healthcare services through use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), has been identified as the best approach towards ensuring prompt and affordable medical health care to Nigerian masses.

Making the assertion last week in a lecture entitled; “E – Learning and Medical Practice”at the 9th Faculty Conference/Annual Gathering of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi- Araba Lagos, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, MTN, Dr. Bola Akingbade said Telemedicine would benefit both patient, healthcare systems and the society at large.

Akingbade who spoke through MTN’s Senior Marketing Manager, Mr. Emeka Anaswou said “It has the potential to improve life of patients and empower them, support doctors in their work, improve quality of care and ensure patient safety.”

Noting that the approach is another way to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural healthcare institutions by making scare specialist skills and knowledge available to a large population of health professional and their patients, said: “Telemedicine will ensure a situation whereby patients will no longer travel long distance before seeing their doctor.

Also, doctors will not face the risk of traveling to remote areas for their patients. It would also save high travel costs plus a time-consuming commute that could have been spent seeing the doctor. It will also bring about more people having access to healthcare.”

Speaking on E- learning, he said smart technologies can be leverage to provide healthcare services, the services not only provide training to those with limited access to medical information but also provide those with limited financial resources access to a decent level training.

The Dean of the Facuklty of Clinical Sciences, Prof. Adebukunola Adefule- Ositelu said globally, man is now living through the age of computer, the Internet and other technologies.

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