Egyptian Ministry of Health signs deal with ICDL for HIS & IT training

ICDL will deliver new HIS module and regular ICDL certification testing Egyptian health workers

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Egyptian Ministry of Health signs deal with ICDL for HIS & IT training The ICDL will train Egyptian Ministry of Healthcare workers in its new HIS module, says Ezzo. (ITP Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 25, 2015

The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population (National Information Center for Health Information Technology and Statistics) and ICDL Arabia, have signed an agreement to deliver ICDL IT and HIS certifications to the ministry's healthcare workers.

Under the agreement, ICDL will train staff in its new ICDL ‘Health Information System Usage' (HIS) module, which has been designed to improve IT skills in the healthcare sector.

The Ministry of Health also plans to seek endorsements from the Supreme Council of Universities in Egypt to implement the ICDL HIS Usage module for students studying in the medical, nursing and pharmacology faculties.

In future the Ministry of Health and ICDL Arabia are looking to cooperate in creating an advanced HIS Usage module to address the skilling of healthcare professionals with more advanced HIS features. Moreover, ICDL Arabia will promote any co-developed modules and introduce them in the GCC States in return for securing grants and support to the ministry's efforts in delivering ICT skills to its own employees. Once this module is fully developed, it will be offered under the Ministry of Health and ICDL Arabia brands.

The ICDL will also assist the Ministry in delivering the standard ICDL certification program to its staff, as part of a deal signed with the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to train 100,000 Egyptian government employees in the ICDL program.

The Ministry will immediately move to accredit its training centers to deliver training and testing in line with the ICDL international standards.

Jamil Ezzo, director general of ICDL Arabia commented: ‘'Today, the healthcare sector across the region still lags behind compared to other sectors in the implementation of Information and Technology systems particularly in patient care and administration and its growing cost remains to be an increasing burden on government-financed healthcare system and employer-based health insurance, placing the local economies at a competitive disadvantage. Our agreement with the Egyptian Ministry of Health will ensure that ICT skills are widespread at a very large scale involving healthcare professionals as well as anyone who enters this sector."

The three year protocol was signed by Professor Dr. Hanaa Amer, Assistant Minister for Technical Support and Development at Ministry of Health and Jamil Ezzo, in the presence of Eng. Tareq Badr, Assistant to the Minister of State for Planning and Follow-up and Administrative Reform and Coordinator for the Development of Information Technology at Ministry of Health and Inas Badr, Head of Health IT and Statistics Training Centres.

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