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FG launches 20-member committee for Nigeria digital in health initiative  

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The Federal Government has inaugurated a 20-man committee tasked with implementing the Nigeria Digital in Health Initiative (NDHI).  

Led by the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate, the initiative aims to overhaul the national digital healthcare architecture, ushering in a new era of efficient data management in healthcare facilities nationwide. 

During the ceremony held in Abuja, Prof. Pate emphasized that the NDHI represents a crucial milestone in the ongoing efforts to transform Nigeria’s health sector.  

The committee, headed by the Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Tunji Alausa is poised to drive significant improvements in data management within healthcare facilities. 

Members of the Committee include: 

Prof. Pate highlighted the benefits of digitalizing health records, including enhanced patient experiences, improved data protection, and better health outcomes.  

The Digital in Health Initiative aims to go beyond Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) platforms.  

Dr. Alausa outlined a comprehensive approach that encompasses data gathering, repository management, servicing, and regulation.  

The newly inaugurated committee will play a pivotal role in driving policy formulation, regulation, and repository management to support the implementation of digital health interventions.  

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