The Cameroonian government is planning to set up a digital medical record system for patients. The information was reported this week by Malachie Manaouda (pictured), the Health Minister.
“This new system will be a game changer in our country’s health sector. It will help reduce the number of medical errors in our hospitals” the government member told CRTV-Radio. The main cause of medical accidents and errors in Cameroon is the lack of information about patients' medical history by healthcare personnel. "This electronic patient record will be available at all times and accessible when needed,” the official said.
This initiative is a component of the National Strategic Plan for Digital Health 2020-2024 for which the government is mobilizing more than CFA11 billion. "All public and private sector actors working in health and ICT sectors are involved in this process,” according to Minister Malachie.
Let’s however note that this new government innovation was already proposed by some private companies. In 2021, for example, Cameroonian Emmanuel Assom Neyeng presented his OuiCare app dedicated to creating digital records for patients.
Michel Ange Nga