PARIRENYATWA Group of Hospitals has been linked with 15 health centres where the Smart Health Programme is being implemented.
This was said during the post media cabinet briefing on Tuesday.The Smart Health project involves ensuring these centres have telemedicine capabilities.
“A total of 15 health centres were equiped with state-of-the-art Transportable Examination Stations (TES) comprising high-resolution autofocus examination cameras, stethoscope, a Total Vital Signs test device, a laptop, ultrasound scan devices, electrocardiography (ECG) services and blood pressure cuffs.
“All 15 centres are linked to Parirenyatwa Referral Hospital, allowing for sharing of patient data and consultations with other referral healthcare institutions.
“It should be noted that the telemedicine solution is fully integrated to the Impilo Virtual Health System recently launched by the Ministry of Health and Child Care,” said information, media and broadcasting services minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa.
She said that over USD300 000 was spent for the implementation of this project.
“Government wishes to advise that a pilot tele-medicine project valued at US$357 632 is being implemented in partnership with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The pilot project entails the use of ICTs to facilitate the provision of clinical health care using real-time two-way communication between physicians and patients at remote rural centres,” said the Information Minister.
She added, The Smart Health Programme will result in:
a) Improved health service delivery and efficiencies;
b) Improved health surveillance;
c) Improved health-system and records management;
d) Improved health education and clinical decision-making; and
e) Support for behavioural changes related to public health priorities and disease management.
Furthermore, the programme will have the following benefits:
a) Offering treatment to patients in the comfort of their homes;
b) Confidentiality of medical information;
c) Reduction in travelling costs to health facilities;
d) High responsiveness to medical emergencies; and
e) Reduced referrals, consultation fees and mortality rates.
The Smart Health System will be able to be opened to similar international health systems when there is need. The nation is advised that scoping and development work has already started and should be completed during the National Development Strategy 1 period.