AI has potential to revolutionise healthcare services, delivery – Prof. Ashiru – Healthwise

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A Professor of Anatomy and Reproductive Endocrinology, Oladapo Ashiru, says digital innovation in the healthcare sector is the wave of the future, and it is already transforming the profession globally.

He noted that Artificial Intelligence has the potential to revolutionise healthcare services and delivery in the country.

Ashiru, who was the Guest Lecturer at the University of Lagos College of Medicine 17 Horatio Oritsejolomi Thomas Memorial Lecture and 61 Founder’s Day in Lagos, spoke on the theme, ‘Transforming Healthcare and Medical Education Through Digital Innovations: From AI-Assisted Interventions to Edu-Tech’.

The President, Africa Reproductive Care Society, said, “The future of digital innovation in healthcare and medical education is incredibly promising. It’s evident that we are already well into this transformative journey.

“Artificial intelligence (AI) stands at the forefront of this revolution with its potential to revolutionise healthcare delivery.

“AI’s ability to continuously monitor and analyse patient’s health data, including data from fitness trackers, provides real-time insights into individual activity levels and heart health.

“This data-driven approach empowers healthcare professionals to create highly personalised treatment plans, ensuring more effective and efficient care.”

The Chief of Staff to President Tinubu, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, said digital health was a broad, multidisciplinary aspect that referred to the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in medicine and other health professions.

He said that ICTs were being used to manage illness and health risks and to promote wellness.

Gbajabiamila, who was represented by the Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Tunji Alausa, said since his assumption of office, he had worked tirelessly to interrogate the health data architecture in Nigeria.

The minister explained that he was doing so with the aim of translating data into one critical aspect of health industrialisation that by implication would become a huge success of revenue generation for the country.

He said he hoped to equally improve the digital health scope of the country, considering the high impact it could have on the health system.

Also, the Provost of the College, Professor David Oke, reiterated that CMUL, through the efforts of its founding father had laid a strong track record of its triple mandate of ‘Teaching, Research and Service’.

“One of the visions of the college is to be a great centre of learning and scholarship and a training ground for men and women dedicated to the service of their fellow men and women,” he added.

The Vice-Chancellor, UNILAG, Professor Folasade Ogunsola, said the memorial lecture was a great way to celebrate a Nigerian medical pioneer who specialised in facial reconstructive and plastic surgery – Professor Horatio Oritsejolomi Thomas.

The VC, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lucian Chukwu, said that the lecture delivered in honour of Prof. Thomas, addressed pressing national and international issues, especially on economy and health matters.

She said that the series of lectures in honour of the CMUL founding fathers was part of its priorities to showcase their great works, which they would continue to build on.

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