BY AGNES MENANOPO
A Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) to support better health services delivery to medical patients was recently handed over to the Medical Imaging Department of the National Referral Hospital.
The official delivery of the new medical equipment was held on August 13 at the Mataniko Dental Clinic Conference room.
Head of Medical Imaging Department of the National Referral Hospital, Dr. Aaron said the new medical communication system is important to improve healthcare services in the country.
“It will make services delivery easier for doctors and nurses and also faster for the patients so they do not have to wait a long period of time and it also saves money for patients,” he said.
Supervising Permanent Secretary and Under Secretary for Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr. Nemia Bainivalu said Ministry of Health is very involved in meetings hosted by the Information and Communication Technology Support Unit (ICTSU) to look into the future of connectivity in the provinces and how the ICTSU can support health care services at the provincial level.
“The Ministry of Health is very much willing to be engaged in such initiatives because of the benefit it can have in the overall health system in terms of patient management, doctors, telemedicine and information sharing for surveillance and policy change and direction.
“The ministry’s willingness is based on its National Strategic Health Plan KRA 2 in building a strong partnership with multi-sector collaboration in addressing its challenges in improving health care services in the Honiara and provinces,” Bainivalu said.
He added that the delivery of the equipment is a significant move in the provision of better services delivery and better patient management with the use of technology at the fingertips of doctors as with PACS.
Dr. Nemia said the Ministry of Health and Medical Services recognizes that at the policy level, it is mandated by the Role Delineation Policy in setting the minimum service delivery packages for the type of health facility.
“With the minimum service packages in health care services delivery also stipulates that supportive services required such as Medical Imaging-radiology services, dental services, and medical and laboratory services.
“As we are here today shows a leading example in the implementation of the Role Delineation Policy at the Urban Health Facility level plus the collaboration of national and provincial, Honiara City Council and sectoral partners,” he said.