By Babatunde Tiamiyu
As part of efforts to digitalise its operations, the Osun Health Insurance Agency (OSHIA) is organising a Four-Day capacity training for healthcare providers in Osun State.
Gathered at the Nigerian Medical Association’s building in Osogbo, venue of the training, heads of hospitals that are being used by the Osun Health Insurance Agency.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the training, the Executive Secretary, Osun Health Insurance Agency, Dr. Rasaq Akindele noted that the Agency is automating its system fully and the training is aimed at reducing paper works and hard copies to the bearest minimum.
Dr. Akindele said, “The purpose of this training is because we are automating our system fully and we want to make sure that the era of brining paper works and hard copies to the agencies by the service providers are reduced to a bearest minimum.
“We are organising the training for all the medical directors of hospitals that work with Osun Health Insurance Agency on how to use the application. From the time a patient presents in the hospital to the time such patient is investigated and treated, it’s going to be fully automated. As they are doing it from their own end, we will be seeing from our own office.
“Even when the patient is referred, the referrer code is generated automatically online and when such patient gets to referer hospital, the treatment continues from where it stopped. Claims management is also going to be automated, once it’s sent online, within fourty eight hours, the money will be paid.
In his remarks, a software developer, Omotoyosi Ogundairo who developed the application revealed what the participants stand to gain at the end of the training, noting that the application is very easy to use as it aimed at reducing the burden of filling forms and making claims through writing of papers.
He said, “The application is very easy to operate and seamless. At the end of the training, the service providers would have been equipped with required knowledge on how to make use of the application to treat and refer patients.”
One of the participants, Dr. Shekinat lauded the leadership of the Osun Health Insurance Agency for putting up the training. She said the training is long overdue to update healthcare providers on the new automated system introduced by the agency as he urged other participants to take the advantage of the training to update themselves.