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ED: Health ID cards will speed up the process

  • Published at 02:23 am November 24th, 2020
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque addresses an event organized by Community Based Health Care (CBHC) of the Health Directorate on Sunday, November 22, 2020 Focus Bangla

This makes it much easier to communicate a patient’s data to health professionals

When it comes to health care, especially during a pandemic, time is of the essence. It is good to see, to that end, that the government is introducing health ID cards to help ensure health care for all. This will go a long way towards ensuring health care for marginalized sections of our population, in particular.

Indeed, health cards are common in many developed nations. The card is digital and can be read by health care facilities. This makes it much easier to communicate a patient’s data to health professionals who need it. It can save valuable time, and will help in reducing the difficulties of conveying a patient’s medical history, especially in cases where the patients themselves lack a clear understanding. Also, needless to say, in life or death situations, quick access to patient information may make all the difference.

Before being overly optimistic, however, we must make sure that the system is regularly maintained, and that all staff concerned across the board are fully trained about its usage. In the past we have seen initiative taken with great enthusiasm falter in its early stages due to a reluctance by people to adapt to them. 

The health card initiative, for example, will not succeed if people refuse to or forget to carry their cards on their person when they seek care, or if health professionals lapse back into old patterns of trying to get patient history, instead of using the new system at their disposal.

From law enforcement to bureaucracy, we have seen that introducing new tech to improve a system is easier said than done, because there is resistance to change in all quarters. But in the light of the pandemic, health systems around the world will be updating with the needs of the times, and if we are to take care of our population in a modern and efficient way, we must adapt.

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