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Health Information Technologies: Opportunity for Nigerian Innovation. November 21 , 2012. Outline. 1. The Impact of Technology. 2. Nigeria’s Health Profile. 3. Health Information Technologies. 4. Opportunity for Nigerian Innovation. 5. Conclusion. 1. The Impact of Technology.

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Health Information Technologies: Opportunity for Nigerian Innovation

November 21, 2012



The Impact of Technology


Nigeria’s Health Profile


Health Information Technologies


Opportunity for Nigerian Innovation




The Impact of Technology

The Impact of IT on Modern Life


Banking & eCommerce

The Growth in Nigeria’s Teledensity


Nigeria’s Health Profile

Nigeria’s Health Profile

  • Nigeria has one of the worst records in the world

  • Second to India, Nigeria is the most hazardous place in the world for expectant mothers and children

  • Incidences of morbidity are equally high

The Challenges of Healthcare

  • Lack of Information

  • Lack of Access to Quality Care

  • Systemic Failures

  • Resource constraints

  • Gaps in care


Health Information Technologies

Health Information Technologies

  • The application of Information and Communication Technologies to Health:

    • Planning

    • Management

    • Financing

    • Delivery

    • Improvement

  • Electronic Health Records

  • Electronic Prescription

  • Health Information Exchange

  • Analytics

  • Clinical Decision Support

Health Information Technology cont’d

  • The potential to make a difference in Nigeria depends on certain key considerations:

    • The value of health information

      • Patient

      • Present illness

      • Available therapies

    • Appreciation of the impact on the quality and appropriateness of care that is dispensed

    • Commitment to improve the quality of healthcare services

Use Cases of Health IT

  • Engaging patients and their families

    • Education and awareness

    • Community mobilization

    • Reminders for Appointments and medication

    • Treatment compliance

  • Data collection and dissemination

    • Biographical and health information

    • Providing relevant information at the point-of-care

    • Quality reporting

Use Cases of Health IT cont’d

  • Clinical collaboration

    • Remote delivery of care – frontline workers and urban-based specialists

    • Care coordination and management

  • Surveillance

    • Syndromic (preventive epidemiological applications)

    • Disease (to aid evidence-based disease-focused interventions)

Use Cases of Health IT cont’d

  • Analytics & Clinical/Business Intelligence

Use Cases of Health IT cont’d


Opportunity for Nigerian Innovation

Health Information Systems

The Patient-Centered Paradigm

Nigerian Innovation

  • Multidisciplinary Collaboration

    • Comprehensive Pathways of care

    • Clinical workflows that foster the care team approach

    • Sound business case and clinical value

    • Information-oriented architectures

  • Regulatory & Policy Enablement

    • The National Health Bill

    • Issue an Innovation Challenge

    • Incentivize the creation, adoption and meaningful use of Nigerian Health Information Systems

Potential Impacts

  • Transformation of Healthcare

    • Coordinate care across the continuum

    • Improve quality, safety, and effectiveness

    • Leverage existing infrastructure to engage patients

    • Promote Public and Population Health

  • Growth of Nigeria’s Knowledge-based Economy

    • Disrupt consumption and import-oriented trade

    • Provide training and employment opportunities

    • Position Nigeria to become a reliable outsourcing destination



  • Recognize the value of health information

  • Punctuate the equilibrium of suboptimal and declining health outcomes

  • Leverage the inherent efficiencies of health information technology to innovate

  • Make Nigeria an outsourcing destination

  • Foster sound clinical and economic health

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started…”

- Mark Twain

Charles Nwasor

Charles is the Principal & Chief Health Information Technologist at Xcellent Technologies.

A consummate health information technologist, Charles is currently involved in executing the Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption project, a federal initiative for providing technical assistance in the adoption and Meaningful use of health IT to Primary Care Providers in the State of Michigan.

He can be reached at:

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