In times of greatest need, we need ingenuity to address our problems. Today, Ghana has 2630 health facilities, 7089 hospital beds for its population of close to 30 million people. That combined with a doctor to patient ratio of 1:8481, it is no doubt that our health system is seriously under-resourced both in terms of infrastructure and our human resources. Despite these challenges, our healthcare professionals on the frontlines go to incredible lengths to cater for us.
In such a system, the costs of waste and inefficiencies are easily compounded and can easily result in poorer health outcomes and preventable death. While we seek to augment our resource deficits, it is necessary to increase our efficiency on many fronts as well. The following areas can harness the power of technology to increase efficiencies.
The possibilities for technology investment are ripe and we need to evaluate where we can put some of our healthcare Ghana cedis to supplement our infrastructure efforts.
NB: Health facilities do not include number of CHPS