By Scoop reporter

ZAMTEL has launched a digital health platform to enhance efficiency among electronic health service providers to their clients.

Speaking during the launch of the Venous digital platform yesterday, Zamtel Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Mupeta, said the platform will drastically transform the way health care services are delivered in Zambia and the region.

Mr. Mupeta says Zamtel has successfully piloted the platform at Fairview Hospital and that the outcomes have been excellent as it responds to the needs of the patients today but that it is also future-ready.

He says the platform was developed by Zamtel and ZcomSystems Limited, as a customised platform which provides a secure integrated digital solution to enhance operational efficiencies for health care providers.

“Venous is customised for both private and government health facilities, including external Pharmacies and Laboratories,” Mr. Mupeta said.

And Government says will roll out the platform countrywide in its quest continue improvinghealth services through Information Technology Communication (ICT).

Health Minister, Chitalu Chilufya, says there is need to invest in technology to improve health Care systems in the country as healthcare systems done manually are becoming inefficient.

Dr. Chilufya says Venous technology fits well with the aspirations of the Zambia National Health Strategic Plan that places the use of Information and Communications Technology at the centre of the country’s health systems strengthening agenda.

“We commend Zamtel for leading the way in embracing digital health. E-government remains a key legacy of President Edgar Lungu’s national development plan and the health sector has taken a lead in the usage of digital platforms,” Dr. Chilufya said

And Fairview Hospital, which acquired the system at US $490,000, says the integration of Venous into their administrative processes has resulted in increased efficiency at the hospital.

Hospital Medical Director, Abdallah Barakat, says the health sector has over the last five years seen major improvements with different players entering the market to offer different services.

Dr. Barakat says the launch of platforms such as Venous is critical as it will help improve the quality of life for Zambians.

“Developments such as the launch of Venous are particularly encouraging to existing healthcare providers as they challenge us to keep improving our services which ultimately benefit the Zambian people,” Dr. Barakat said.

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