‘Use e-Health for masses’

April 27, 2010

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said e-Health schemes should be focused on providing healthcare to general public rather than using technology in ways that would not be of any help to them.
Emphasis should be on ideas that would make healthcare more accessible to the general people above everything else, they added.
The roundtable on ‘Future of e-Health in Bangladesh’ was organised by Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) at its conference room in the city.
Presenting a keynote paper, Director (MIS) of DGHS Prof Abul Kalam Azad pointed out various e-Health initiatives taken by the government and hoped that people living in remotest areas of the country would have access to healthcare with the e-Health initiatives.
The initiatives include mobile phone-based services where medical doctors would attend to phone calls anytime any day of the week, enhanced management information system and SMS-based services where pregnant women can receive advice regarding their situation through SMSs.
The speakers stressed the need to create public-private partnership where the government and private sector can make collaborative efforts to enhance e-Health initiatives and make them accessible to the masses.
They underscored the importance of creating a platform for such partnership.
Speaking as the chief guest, Health Minister Prof AFM Ruhal Haque said in a realistic perspective, changes from different initiatives would not be visible in one day. But in time their effects would be visible in a wider array.
He called for suggestions and technical assistance from the private sector in implementing the e-Health initiatives.
BEI President Farooq Sobhan chaired the programme.

Courtesy of The Daily Star

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