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Lagos State signs agreement on digital health technology

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Lagos State government has signed a concession agreement for the implementation of the Smart Health Information Platform (SHIP) across the state.

SHIP is a digital health technology aimed at providing precise, faster, and smarter healthcare services in all medical facilities.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu supervised the signing of the pact on Tuesday at the State House, Marina, which was between the Office of Public Private Partnership (PPP) and the Digital Health Platform Limited.

Digital Health Platform Limited; a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), comprises the Lagos Ministry of Health, Interswitch and eClat, has been tasked to jointly drive the operation of the technology, which will be deployed into the State’s health sector.

The governor emphasised that SHIP would enable a swift and efficient healthcare delivery system, ensuring widespread access to healthcare across the state.

He said: “We have seen a global trend in using technology as a backbone to manage healthcare delivery and to assess changes in lifestyle of the population. We have seen the transformation the technology has brought to banking, transportation and education. Smart Health Information Platform is our own bold step to transform healthcare and ease the cumbersome data processing in our hospitals.

“This transition has taken us about two years of building a robust platform that will secure and protect patients’ data. During this journey, we are able to identify the best partners that will deliver and help us realise our vision for the transformation of services in our hospitals. This is the beginning of full information technology reform in our healthcare system.”

Sanwo-Olu assured the public of full protection of the database, saying there was nothing to worry about in maintaining privacy of the data collected through the platform.

The Governor said data privacy was critical in the process of designing the digital platform, noting that the Ministry of Science and Technology was fully involved in the project and signed off on it before launching.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, explained that Lagos State has spent about three years designing a system for the movement of medical data across hospitals in the state.

He added that the health sector is huge, and therefore, they would be applying modern technology and artificial intelligence to collect and generate data.

The managing director of Interswitch, Mitchell Elegbe, said the solution would not only allow free flow of data from one health institution to another, it would also provide seamless payment options for patients.



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