June 3, 2016Michael Sutherland-Shaw
In an attempt at improving the reach and effectiveness of healthcare in Mongolia, the government and World Bank are teaming up to launch a new e-Health program.
“We believe that the introduction of information technology in the health sector will contribute to more effective use of the budget because the health information exchange platform will improve the accessibility, quality, and speed of health services in Mongolia,” said Minister of Health and Sports S. Lambaa.
So what exactly is e-Health?
e-Health is an term used to describe the application of information and communications technologies in the health sector. For example, converting your paper records into digital files.
The program will help the government set up a platform for the exchange of information among healthcare providers, patients and health administrators.
Launched by the Ministry of Health and Sports and the World Bank the program is funded thanks to a $19.5 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA).
According to the World Bank, IDA aims to reduce poverty by providing loans and grants for programs that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities, and improve people’s living conditions.
“The e-Health project will help reduce both the duplication of medical tests and the need for residents in remote areas to travel to bigger cities to get medical services because the exchange platform will enable healthcare providers to share medical information,” said the World Bank resident representative in Mongolia James Anderson.