A telemedicine organisation has launched smart eClinic and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) solutions to reduce the COVID-19 pandemic fatalities in the country.
Gention Global Resources said while introducing the novel telehealth solutions to the general public at the weekend that clinical technology innovation such as Tele ICU and eClinic web mobile application have become imperative as a result of the risk associated with frontline health workers in the course of attending to COVID-19 outbreak.
Daily Trust reports that the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire during the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday revealed that about 113 medical doctors in Nigeria had tested positive for COVID-19, and the cases keep rising.
Medical experts and scientists have continued to ponder on the possibility for health workers diagnosing or giving treatment without physical interaction.
This is where technology comes in, said the managing director of Gention Global Resources (G-CEIBA), Mr Segun Ebozoje, in an online chat with reporters.
“It (technology) has reshaped and continued to reshape every sector of the economy especially with the need to scale up the healthcare services locally and globally”, Mr Ebozoje said.
With the towering number of COVID-19 cases across the globe and its pressure on existing healthcare structure, he said the importance of mHealth/telehealth facilities to allow health providers to “see and monitor” patients without being in the same room has become paramount.
Speaking on the novel telemedicine, the MD of Gention Global Resources (G-CEIBA), Mr Segun Ebozoje explained that “eClinics Web app & Dr. ICU mobile app brings a provider into the hospital room of a patient virtually and allows them to examine a patient in real time and make routine visits and follow patient vitals while keeping that doctor or nurse a safe distance away from the infection.This is especially important during disease outbreaks when patients are to be isolated or quarantined”.
Mr Ebozoje also stated that the G-CEIBA electronic health facilities “allows you to follow these patients anywhere outside of quarantine, isolation, ICU areas or even Hospitals, in real time (analyze progress, waveforms, vitals, labs, treatments), make virtual visits as if Clinicians are by the bedside, get actionable insights (real-time alarms, SEPSIS alerts) take actions (consultation notes-speech to text, speech to text – digital Dr transcription), collaborate between each other with minimum exposure to infection”.
He noted also that: “We created a special Telehealth Mobile Carts that allows the physicians to remotely see their patients. Using these powerful carts the physician can manage up to 20 patients at a time without being present by the bed side”.
Concerning the impact of the facility on the Nigerian health sector, Ebozoje explained that:”Telemedicine in general lowers healthcare cost, drives up efficiency and provides your patients better access to higher quality of care. Telemedicine will allow us as a nation to leverage our clinical work force. Telemedicine will enable our physicians to reach out to multiple times the number of patients you normally can handle. This will decrease the amount of money being used for PPEs and drugs especially during the pandemic “.