The Family Health Group, which comprises the premier private Medical School, Family Health Nursing School and Family Health Hospital, has introduced Telemedicine in an effort to enhance medical training and health care delivery in the country.
Launched in collaboration with Apollo Hospital of India and Airtel Ghana, the telemedicine project is to help in providing quality clinical healthcare in Ghana using the expertise of other health professionals through electronic means.
Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide remote clinical health care at a distance. It helps to eliminate distance barriers and cost, and helps to improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant communities.
With the introduction of facility, patients would not need to travel abroad for medical care, while trainees at the medical and nursing schools would use the platform to interact and learn from experts from across the world.
Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister for Education, launching the facility, lauded its objectives and commended the Family Health Group for the innovation.
“This will make significant impact in the training of medical students and nurses, as well as enhance health care for patients,” she stressed.
She urged the Group to effectively the telemedicine to share knowledge with other health institutions across the country towards the development of the health sector for the benefit of Ghanaians.
She urged other educational and health institutions to emulate the innovation by utilising ICT for learning, analysis, creation, maintenance and improvement of activities.
In addition, the Minister urged the Group to also introduce courses that would improve the communication skills of the students to complement their medical knowledge since effective communication was vital in the medical field.
She commended Airtel Ghana and Apollo Hospitals of India for the partnership with Family Health Group, describing the collaboration as a good example of south-south cooperation.
Professor Yao Kwawukume, President of Family Health Medical School, in his welcome address, explained that Telemedicine platform would enable the group to communicate effectively with hospitals, medical schools and health professionals around the globe, particularly, Asia, USA, Britain and South Africa.
“We would in due course link with our affiliate university, the University of Ghana, School of Medicine and Dentistry,” he disclosed.
“Telemedicine will also be used to seek second opinion in the health sector so that in cases of doubtful diagnosis we can discuss our problems with the rest of the world, especially our doctors in the diaspora who have already shown a lot of interest in joining us to teach our medical students,” he said.
Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, outgoing Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, who chaired the event, observed that technology continues to make a big difference in education, pointing out that interactions between students and lecturers have improved tremendously through the use of telecommunication platforms.
He therefore, urged educational institutions to adopt and take advantage of technology changes to improve their output.
By Times Reporter