How Can Technology Improve Healthcare In Nigeria?

This piece focuses on what Technology serves hot on a gold platter that can improve healthcare in Nigeria.

The commoner possesses the critical thinking, creativity, communication, and social skills necessary to improve his personal life, career, and impact on today’s job market. There is a need to harness constantly. Only a hale and hearty individual can communicate, think critically, socialize, and be creative. “Health is wealth,” so they say. The latest World Health Organization(W.H.O.) analysis ranks Nigeria’s healthcare system as the fourth worst in the world, The Census, 2021). High books leave an unpleasant scar on the face of the self-proclaimed “ Giant of Africa.” Now, the poser is, how can technology improve healthcare in Nigeria?. This piece focuses on how technology can boost the health sector, thereby lifting Nigeria from the fourth worst country in the world to dine with the world’s most fascinating countries health-wise.

A sneak peek into telemedicine, which allows doctors to visit, diagnose and treat patients virtually from home, is rapidly growing. Technology serves telemedicine hot on a gold platter by helping to reduce healthcare costs, increasing efficiency and revenue, providing patients with better access to healthcare aides, and ultimately keeping happy and healthy patients in the organization. Accurate telemedicine improves the availability and quality of healthcare infrastructure: modifying the efficiency of healthcare.

In the aspect of personalized healthcare, recent technological advances have increased price transparency and access to medical records, thereby enabling patients to make more informed decisions about their health. Memoir, 2019). Tech Movement. Technology can help improve healthcare in Nigeria by providing video visits and secure messaging outlets as an effective tool to remotely monitor and treat patients with mild symptoms from their abode. The adoption of telemedicine, a technological cuisine, is a vital tool that is available to work in handy in improving healthcare in Nigeria.

Ladi Awosika, C.E.O. of Total Health Trust, based in Nigeria, buttressed: “We have gone from two to three private jets to two hundred private jets in a few years but no passion for healthcare” in one of his publications. Awosika. L, 2020). The Summit. The tone is streamlined as a call for prominent action because many of our problems in Nigeria are human-induced. Either the government is nonchalant and lacks investment strategies, or the citizens embrace apathy towards their wellbeing. Honestly, it speaks of voluminous trouble as the mortality rate is increasing like the exchange rate of a dollar, and the stability of any nation is based on Education and Healthcare. I would reiterate that the lack of investment is what has downgraded the health care sector in Nigeria. With the leaders jetting off to Sweden and India at the slightest throat discomfort, why should our doctors not embark on strikes?. Undoubtedly, “a country that doesn’t place healthcare in the frontline of its dealings is not only a decadent nation; it is a nation in progressive decay and eventual collapse” West T.D., 1980). Philosophical Essays. Technology will provide machines for smooth and savvy surgical operations and remote sensing devices that will ensure a peaceful environment filled with hale and hearty citizens trooping out daily with little or no need for foreign assistance.

Technology with its multiplier effect will similarly improve healthcare to the trend that has taken hold In the pandemic, which provides quality healthcare through the requisition of vast data and artificial intelligence instead of using the sequential file arrangement method in the hospital, which gives rise to long queues of patients whilst trying to get their cards. Hospitals could operate digitally with patients’ names, credentials, and relevant information kept in a safe database. Public rowdiness will be curbed to a reasonable extent, and given that there’s no certainty about the phase of Covid 19 brushed aside, it renders our hospital safe for all to get adequate treatment without much contact with others. On my last visit to Havana Hospital, Surulere, I saw how technology could take full effect in improving healthcare as the caregiver only typed my name into the computer system, and my basic information surfaced. That is, there is a database that assumes the operation.

Healthcare in Nigeria can encounter a paradigm shift if it passes the baton through investment in technology. The ambient increases patient safety decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers. Using technology boosts provider skills and patient access while enhancing the quality of life for some patients and saving the lives of others. Furthermore, it presents innumerable resorts for transforming healthcare which include: elating clinical results, facilitating care coordination, improving practice efficiencies, and tracking data over time.

The advent of technology will dramatically push healthcare in Nigeria to formidable heights, just as it proved its potential by administering the Covid-19 aides through drones, robots, and A.V.S. technology. It does not only ensure minimum human interaction but remains beneficial to accessing contagious victims. Wearables, using the blue tooth, and Gps technology are other ways to monitor individuals’ health.

The last time I checked Instagram, I stumbled on a comment by one of Nigeria’s biggest music gurus, Cobhams Asuquo. Cobhams is not a new name in the music industry as he had produced and co-written songs for top Nigerian artists such as Asa, Omawumi, and Eldee. The irony of it all is that he is blind. Cobhams recently commented on an Instagram post, and some concerned youth replied to him asking, “Cobhams, is that you?”. Cobhams responded to the comment by saying, “ Yes, I’m the one; it’s Cobhams.” The fun fact is that Cobhams Asuquo uses a screen reading software with a connectable microphone braille device which allows him not to miss out on the internet frenzy as much as being able to reply to comments without hassle. The braille device and screen reading software is a product of technology, and its introduction into healthcare in Nigeria can enhance the mental state of many other Nigerians with the same fate as Cobhams Asuquo.

In the final analysis, the role of technology cannot be taken for granted. Modern technology is incredible when it works; if the average Nigerian can handle all the buggy quirks, patience is key when dealing with the conveniences when pressing all the right buttons to take geniuses. A journey downtown connotes how technology can improve healthcare in Nigeria through the adoption of telemedicine, an intermediary that prevents contact transfer of the novel coronavirus, adherence to itch-free protocols through database management in hospitals, and provision of screen reading software and braille device for the blind Nigerian to feel the groove. Channeling the right investment into technology can help its penetration into the healthcare system. Indeed, technology satisfies every consumer, and negative humor in its work could only mean a complete sham.

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