Designing and scaling up a health system in accordance to our needs and resources is quite a herculean task in Nigeria and in 2016, a study by Global Burden of Disease ranked Nigeria health systems 142 out of 195 countries, which equates to a very substandard delivery of healthcare. Following the evolution of digital era, the use of electronic medical records in developed countries have contributed tremendously in the provision of quality health care delivery to their citizens, showing up to 40% standard use according to Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey 2016.
Electronic Medical Records (EMR) enhances quality patient care using computerized records in place of paper-based records, major challenges that hinder the uptake and use of EMR is cost and accessibility. eHealth4everyone is one of the leading organizations that provides easy access to EMRs
Considering the low uptake of electronic medical records, what do you recommend be done to scale up its use and improve the health care system in Nigeria? What steps should be taken to ensure the introduction and consistent use of electronic records to improve our health systems? What other factors are to be considered when adopting electronic records into the Nigerian health system?