By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Leading global provider of information, innovative technology solutions and human data science, IQVIA, formerly known as Quintiles IMS,has announced plans to launch a digital healthcare platform. The move is aimed at deepening networking and collaboration among health care providers and helps stem the ugly trend of inter-professional rivalry in Nigeria’s health industry
IQVIA HCPSpace is a platform designed to bring together all specialties and sub specialties of Doctors – Pharmacists, Nurses, Medical Laboratory Scientists, and all other Healthcare Professionals, where they can connect to peers, follow Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), discuss medical cases, establish public/private groups, view videos for increased knowledge, earn Continuing Professional Development, CPD points from content provided by approved bodies and KOLs, find jobs and career opportunities across multiple regions in Africa and the Middle East.
The platform is device-independent, mobile-responsive and optimized, and available for free download as native IOS and Android apps in the relevant app stores. As a social tool that leverages technology and human insight, IQVIA HCPSpace will radically alter Nigeria’s health landscape for good, according to experts.
Speaking on the impending launch, Country Manager, IQVIA West Africa, Pharm. Remi Adeseun said, “we believe in collaboration and networking in an environment that can be trusted and one which is dedicated to verified healthcare professionals across Nigeria, Africa as a whole and the Middle East. The IQVIA HCPSpace will help improve the Healthcare Professionals’ practice, patient experience and produce desired healthcare outcomes.”
It would be recalled that a Communiqué was issued at the end of the Inter-Professional Collaboration Symposium organized by the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN. The event which held on May 11 2017 at the University of Lagos encapsulated an 8-points resolution, and identified the concept of universal communication and collaboration among healthcare professionals that is yielding documented benefits and gains in the healthcare sector across the world.