Tanzania has launched a national e-health strategy in efforts to transform the healthcare system by incorporating information communication technologies (ICTs).
Daily News reports Seif Rashid, the deputy minister for health and social welfare, said at the launch his ministry was directing its policies towards improving operational efficiency.
“Today I am very pleased to be launching the National e-Health Strategy because it spells out the ministry’s vision,” said Rashid.
“That is to enable a safe, high-quality, equitable, efficient and sustainable health system for all citizens using ICTs to enhance planning, managing and delivering health services.”
He added that the implementation of the strategy would enable electronic access to appropriate healthcare services for patients in remote and disadvantaged communities.
The ministry expects the strategy to bring other benefits, such as managing potential disease outbreaks and controlling the use of healthcare resources.
He however said that while e-health had proven beneficial in other countries, there was a need for a mechanism to uphold strong leadership and governance.