University College Hospital otherwise known as UCH located in Ibadan, said it is initiating the use of smart cards for payment to ease patients care and monotomy of payment as part of its effort to computerize patients records.
Professor Temitope Alonge,UCH’s Chief Medical Director said the card being introduced with the partnership of Wema bank will save time in accessing care in the hospital and as well stop the duplicating of payment.
Professor Alonge, who said the hospital’s digitalising is almost completed, said the card will also serve as patient’s means of identification and for payment, adding that the cards are to make the hospital more patient-friendly by reducing waiting time, ensure patient confidentiality and ease of service delivery.
According to him, “Now this card actually cuts off a lot of wastage of time from payment for services since some service areas will delay investigations because of payment.
“This combo card, because it is a combination card of both a chip and a health information card, is actually the first step in digitising the hospital’s information management system and capturing all the patients’ information on our server.
“We can then go to the next stage which is actually the clinic consultations, where it will be possible to download the patient’s information as captured in the records department, and with the appropriate software clerk the patients, indicating the appropriate treatments, including asking for tests, without the patient going with any form to the investigation point.”
The card which can be used to transact business, even when there is no internet connectivity, he declared also affords opportunities for money transfer from one card to the other through the POS.
Mr Adebayo Oluwatoki, UCH’s head of Medical Health records said the card will assist greatly since patients do not have to carry large sums of money to the hospital, adding that in the next six months the hospital would have finished uploading the medical data of its more than eight million patients.