NITDA to organise innovation challenge to solve medical health record problem

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The Director General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Kashifu Inuwa CCIE has said that the Agency would continue to organise Hackathon and Innovation Challenge for the Start-ups in the country for them to be able to come up with different solutions that can be applied by Nigeria to solve mirage of problems confronting it especially in the area of medical records.

Inuwa disclosed this when he received the Chief Medical Director of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Prof Abdulrahman Abba Sheshe and his team who were on a working visit to appreciate the Agency for its intervention in the institution and also to seek for possible areas of collaborations.

According to the Director General, finding solutions to problems indigenously would made it easier for the country to have a tailor-made solution rather than buy off-the-shelf solutions that are made for someone else.

He said, “We can use such solutions as pilot and if they work for us then we can now see how to expand and deploy them across the country.”

The NITDA boss while explaining the virtue of collaboration among government establishments stressed need to work together to develop the user requirements for the innovation challenge.

While responding to the request of the Teaching Hospital, Inuwa stated that the Agency can design a tailor-made training for the hospital.

He enjoined the Chief Medical Director (CMD) and his team to visit the subsidiary of the Agency, National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) for them to see where they could collaborate that would be beneficial to both parties.

“We have the technology but we don’t have the know-how and expertise in your area, so we need people from your field who can work with our team to create solutions,” the DG said.

Speaking earlier CMD, AKTH appreciated NITDA for its intervention in the institution.

“For the first time we have a digital class and all our departments have been enjoying the facilities. All the clinical departments have been using the facilities given to us to conduct research, do clinical meetings, conduct seminars and training programmes which hitherto have been taken place in a conventional manner.”

In addition, you have helped us with teleconference materials which we have been enjoying also. We have had occasions to contact other institutions outside the country especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

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