Iraq lays the first building block in building an advanced digital health system
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Baghdad: Omar Abdul Latif
The Ministry of Health launched the results of digitizing the health system concerned with the availability of information on resources and services.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Saleh Al-Hasnawi, said in a speech he delivered at the launch ceremony, which was attended by “Al-Sabah”: The program, which was implemented in cooperation with the World Health Organization, is in line with the government program, whose priorities include automating information and moving from a paper-based system to a digital one, indicating that the project is one of the basic steps to implement the program. In addition to improving the health situation and converting the information in it into digital in order to achieve the principle of availability of accurate information and the quality of health services.
He explained that the system represents an important step in the path of digitizing the health system, which makes Iraq at the forefront of countries in this field, enabling the ministry to develop a culture that relies on data and information and gives priority to the use of health measures and indicators.
He continued that through the application of the program, it is possible to identify weaknesses, imbalances and areas of improvement and target resources more accurately, efficiently and effectively, noting that the ministry will continuously develop the program and establish a system through which it can better respond to the evolving needs and strive towards the ultimate goal of achieving comprehensive health care by applying the health insurance law. .
For his part, the representative of the World Health Organization in Iraq, Dr. Ahmed Zueiten, said: The Corona pandemic was a reason for prompting many countries to review their health system and its suitability with the needs of citizens and their aspirations for a decent life in health and well-being, indicating that Iraq decided in the aftermath of the pandemic to evaluate the health system and work on Strengthening it and testing its strengths and aspects that require development to be ready to deal with all dangers in it. He added that the first recommendations were related to the digitization of the health system by making available data and information useful for making the right decisions to move forward in modernizing the system and making it able to keep pace with the progress made in this vital sector globally.
He continued that Iraq has laid the first building block in building an advanced digital system edifice to be the first sectors to enter the digital club in line with global trends and keeping pace with the goals of the Iraqi government, which allows providing an accurate picture of the availability of human resources, technical supplies and various medical services in all health centers and hospitals in all countries. regions of Iraq.
In turn, the World Health Organization's regional office in Egypt, Arafat Hussein, confirmed that the aim of the project is to assist the ministry in making decisions and policies in general, whether long or short term.
Hussein added to "Al-Sabah" that the program contributes to improving many services at the level of the governorates and the health departments located in them, and to identifying the main problems that led to their lack of provision, in addition to providing public services, expanding access to citizens and improving health services for them.
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