Thank you for the correction and for having this extremely important issue as a topic of this webinar. Indeed, accessing data on the heath record by a patient can increase the chance of recovery by 30% in the UK. One has to ask questions about this particular issue in other contexts: how many people can speak the “jargon” of medicine? Is the level of communication (let alone through the HER) between the physician and the patient acceptable? How many people can actually read and write (literacy rate) in many countries? How many people can really be trusted to read the content of the health record without the assistance of a neighbor, brother, sister, son, daughter? More important to ask is how many countries and health institutions do really have an electronic or not electronic health record? This is not a sign of frustration, but to say we have a long way to go, I am afraid.
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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: www.hriwestafrica.com Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.
Email: jneana AT yahoo.co.uk