ICTs have potential to enhance healthcare , CS Mailu

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 8, 2017 – Ministry of Health is focusing on using Information, Communication Technologies (ICTs) as envisioned in the e-Health Strategy 2011 – 2017 to enhance service delivery.

Health Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Cleopa Mailu said the strategy vision is to develop efficient, accessible, equitable, secure and consumer friendly healthcare services enabled by ICTs.

Dr. Mailu said the objective is to enable the Kenyan health sector to effectively operate as an inter-connected system, overcoming the current fragmentation and duplication of service delivery and create linkages between health research and information technologies.

The CS made the remarks on Thursday in a speech read by the Head of Curative and Rehabilitative Services, Dr. Izaq Odongo during the launch of the Livia App.

The CS disclosed that all the Ministry agencies and departments are focused on using ICTs for service delivery and commended the Pharmacy and Poisons Board for actively participating in the implementation of the wider Government of Kenya development policies that embrace the implementation of the Vision 2030 Strategy.

He said the Board has set up robust systems that ensure the increase in efficiency of service delivery in-line with the regulatory framework guidelines. These systems are widely accessible via any device that is convenient to the user and have been simplified to enhance user experience.

“The Short Code SMS Services for Health Safety Code – this is a system that allows Kenyans to authenticate dispensing premises by sending and SMS to 21031 and a reply is sent confirming the authenticity of the premises or advice on what to do should the premises fail,” he noted.

Livia app is a promising technology that will eanble patients to conveniently have access to affordable medicines at the touch of a button.

“The app is convenient for the sick and price conscious patients. For patients that suffer from chronic illnesses and need to take monthly medication, using Livia app will offer them significant savings on their monthly refills,” he added.

Chemists who partner with Livia, are expected to get online digital presence and have access to over 12 million tech savvy Kenyans, who all subscribe to the Livia App.

“As a Kenyan technology, we are proud of this new invention and will provide the regulatory framework to ensure its success,” said the CS.