AS part of its efforts to digitalise patient records at the hospital, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan said it is introducing a smart card to ease patients care and monotony of payment at its payment points, the Nigerian Tribune reports.
UCH’s Chief Medical Director, Professor Temitope Alonge said the card being introduced with the partnership of Wema Bank, will also cut off duplication of payments and reduce waiting time in accessing care at the hospital.
Professor Alonge, who said the hospital’s digitalising is almost completed, said the card will also serve as patient’s means of identification and for payment, adding that the cards are to make the hospital more patient-friendly by reducing waiting time, ensure patient confidentiality and ease of service delivery.
Professor Alonge, who remarked that the hospital’s geriatric centre, had gone paperless in its services, but only keep cases notes as backups, said the cards to cut down on wastages and pilferage at the hospital will become operational this June.
Mr Sunday Olaitan, Wema Bank’s South West, Regional executive, said the card has unique features, with security features encrypted into it.
Olaitan, describing the bank as technology savvy, said the smart card was part of the bank’s effort to ensure technology can be adapted to impart positively patients’ care at the hospital.
According to him, “Now this card actually cuts off a lot of wastage of time from payment for services since some service areas will delay investigations because of payment.
“This combo card, because it is a combination card of both a chip and a health information card, is actually the first step in digitising the hospital’s information management system and capturing all the patients’ information on our server.
“We can then go to the next stage which is actually the clinic consultations, where it will be possible to download the patient’s information as captured in the records department, and with the appropriate software clerk the patients, indicating the appropriate treatments, including asking for tests, without the patient going with any form to the investigation point.”