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Digital healthcare 2022-2025 plan will help decrease disparities and strengthen health care for the vulnerable - P4H Network

Digital healthcare 2022-2025 plan will help decrease disparities and strengthen health care for the vulnerable

Kyrgyzstan is implementing digitalization of the healthcare system to help decrease disparities for the vulnerable and strengthen the health care system.

On March 18, 2022, the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic held a round table to discuss Digital Health Products with the participation of representatives of the UNICEF mission and development partners. At the meeting, leaders and experts discussed the digital solutions that formed the basis of the digital health system.

The Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic has developed a number of infrastructural digital products to increase the availability of medical care and ensure effective management. These efforts are made to fulfill the Decree of the President “On urgent measures to develop the healthcare sector and improve the quality of life and health of the population in the Kyrgyz Republic”, the Roadmap for Digital Transformation Concept “Digital Kyrgyzstan 2019-2023” and the 2030 development program called “Healthy people — prosperous country”.

The Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic defines the digitalization of healthcare as one of the priority areas. To do this, we have identified a target model for the development of digital health, as well as human-centered tasks for 2022. Ths year, we will move to the automation of services in healthcare and will introduce digital solutions that the population will feel – such as obtaining various certificates, online registration to polyclinics, online interaction with the business,” – said Bakyt Dzhangaziyev, Deputy Minister of Health for Digital Development of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The participants discussed digital healthcare priorities for 2022-2024, as well as the goals and objectives of the Ministry for 2022, which will help automate work processes in healthcare provider organizations.

“Ensuring access to quality health services is fundamental to keeping children, families and the whole society safe. Communities living in remote areas have the right to access quality services. That is why telemedicine is an excellent technical solution to overcome these inequalities and strengthen the health care system for women and children, especially children with disabilities,” said Yulia Oleinik, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Kyrgyzstan.

At the moment, active work is underway to launch the provision of medical care in a remote format (via telemedicine) to improve maternal health and child care in primary health care centers of the Nookat and Suzak regions of the Kyrgyz Republic. Telemedicine allows for professional communication between medical workers in remote regions with doctors of larger regional and national healthcare organizations. To date, about 100 registered patients have already received high-quality remote medical care, and have also been able to save their costs not directly related to medical care.

Access to qualified medical care through telemedicine is carried out through a specialized application TeleMed.Kg, adapted with assistance of UNICEF by an international development team Intelehealth under a project titled “Strengthening the system of maternal and child health care” with financial support from the Government of Japan.

Currently, the Ministry is also developing appropriate regulations to determine how medical care using telemedicine technologies needs to be organized and delivered in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The roundtable also touched on achievements in the development and implementation of products such as: ILab, Immunization Information System, National Epidemic Emergency Prevention System, National Resource Management Information System, and the Digital Health Profile.

The Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic is continuing its comprehensive work on digitalization of health care.

Source: Press Center of the Ministry of Healthcare of Kyrgyz Republic

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