Would Segun Have Had a Chance to Live?
“My only son, would have gotten better health care and probably a chance to live had we gotten access to his health record much earlier than now” Mr. Ayo lamented to his friends and neighbours who have come to pay condolences visit to his family. “I don’t quite understand why it was so difficult to access his health record? Did it get missing?” Mrs. Peters, one of Mr. Ayo’s neighbours in her late 80s asked with a fray and rather confused voice.
Segun died of Appendicitis, a common and treatable condition. The passing away of the 17-year-old smart and promising young man who just gained admission into one of Nigeria’s Universities to study Computer Science is not just a loss to the family but to the nation at large.
Segun’s demise would have been avoided had there been synchronization of his health information and had it been seamlessly exchanged among the care providers that attended to him during the period of his ailment.
“We wasted unnecessary time and resources running repeated tests and diagnosis on him. Each new care providers never bothered consulting with the former for his previous health information. By the time my son was transferred to the eight health centre that eventually requested for his health record, it was too late. It took 84 good days to access, collate and document his health record after making 100s of pendulum visits to the seven other hospitals earlier visited. By the time I handed the document to the new doctors, after a quick glance, they handed it back to me and said, ‘If you had real-time access to your son’s medical record, and a seamless exchange among care providers, I believe he would have gotten a better chance”.
When I read through the pile of document, I was astonished because his records were filled with actionable data that would have impacted his care and created a better living condition for him”.
A lot of us can relate somehow whether directly or indirectly with Segun’s case. The question it poses to us is ‘Could Segun’s Death Have Been Avoided’?
Would collaboration among health providers leveraging health information exchange impact positively on health care delivery? Apparently it is already a reality in some clime but can this also be a reality in Nigeria? Yes we are enthusiastic and optimistic people as a nation but what structure is in place to ensure this happens and how long should Nigerians wait? Can Nigerian hospital afford a standardized Electronic Health Record System (EHRs)? If we can, what will it cost to have it deployed and run efficiently?
These and many more are the queries running through the minds of some concerned Nigerians about the state of our health care systems.
CareMedica Systems, a Nigerian cutting edge Electronic Health Record System (EHRs) is pushing for the elimination of Segun’s kind of case by providing a platform for doctors and other health care providers to collaborate for effective patient care through its solution.
Driven with the vision to transform the Nigerian Electronic Health Information Exchange (eHIE) and interoperability with its EHRs, CareMedica is poised to provide a patient focused easily accessible EHRs and other innovative technology-assisted medical platforms to enhance the Nigerian health care system.
Without an iota of doubt, seamless exchange of patient health information saves!