The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has strategically introduced an online registration platform dubbed “My NHIS”.
The Mobile App was inaugurated to enable Ghanaians and beyond to use their Ghana cards to enroll to the NHIS at their own convenience.
It is a convenient way; holders of Ghana cards can sit in their homes to register or renew their health insurance cards.
The introduction of the App was also in commemoration of the NHIS Active month celebration under the theme, “The Role of Digitalization in Modern Health Care Delivery: Recounting Ghana’s ICT Journey in the 4th Republic”.
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia who officially launch the App stated that, “the New NHIS mobile app will operate on both Android and iOS smartphones, and will allow NHIS members to securely pay registration and membership renewal fees from their mobile money wallets, Bank and Visa cards”.
He said, government is committed to pursuing digitalization as a means of delivering improved services including the health sector to Ghanaians, adding, “by the end of next year, we will network about 80% eighty percent of all hospitals, and by the end of the following year, we will complete the networking of hundred percent of all our hospitals”.
He explained further that, “we are pursuing digitalization not for its own sake, but as a means of delivering improved services to our people. We are putting in place systems and utilizing the data to make this possible.”
“The role of digital health solutions in our healthcare sector cannot be overemphasized. Over the last few years, we have embarked on digitalization drive in the health sector as a response to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) call for member countries to implement digital health interventions in their health systems to improve access to healthcare and well-being for their populations”, he added.
The vice president also explained the need for the Scheme’s existing and would be members to link the NHIS and Ghana cards to use one card to access healthcare services.
“When all members of the Scheme are linked to their Ghana Cards, the NHIS card will be phased out and the Ghana Card will be the sole card for accessing healthcare services in the credentialled healthcare facilities.”
“We are very keen on making sure we can improve access to quality healthcare delivery. Digitalization of our hospitals and medical records at the public health facilities is on course.”
“This has improved efficiency, effectiveness and increasing access to healthcare to those who need the services”.
On his part, the CEO of the NHIS, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye said the digitilization has played a major role in positively impacting on the operationalization of the Scheme and the numbers enrolled on to the National Health Insurance Scheme database. Currently, the Scheme covers over 70% of the population with about 54% as active members of the Scheme.
“The introduction of the mobile renewal has been a phenomenal game changer. I am proud to say the Vice President H.E Bawumia has been with us through the digital advancing stages when he launched this innovative intervention exactly four years ago”, he said.
Dr Bernard Okoe Boye, in his welcome remarks also announced that, “the Authority is currently pursuing a 5-Point turn-around strategy dubbed 5D’s to revamp operations of the scheme through Digitization, Development, Dissemination, Data, and Decentralization”.
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu |www.diamondfmonline.com |Ghana.