Using Technology to Improve Access, Utilization and Monitoring of Health in Nigeria

“Technology is changing a whole lot of things…the way we see our health should also change.” Dr. Nkiruka Orajiaka, Product Advisor, Hugh Alies.

Hugh Alies is a technology solutions company with a focus on health. Founded a year and half ago, the Nigeria-based company and member of mhealth alliance aims to create health value among Nigerians through the use of mobile phones, email etc. thus bridging the gap between patients and their care providers.

In this exclusive Interview, Dr. Nkiruka Orajiaka, product advisor at Hugh Alies, sheds light on the operations of the company, its challenges and goals for improving health care delivery in the country.

She also explains how Nigerians can better maximize technology to improve access, utilization and monitoring of health.

Jennifer Ehidiamen founded RuralReporters.com in 2014. She is actively exploring the intersection between storytelling, tech and development. She has reported on global health and development issues in Africa for Voice of America (VOA News), Global Press Institute, Ventures Africa, The Nation etc. A 2016 Foreign Press Scholarship award recipient, 2013 Innovative Young Journalist Award recipient, 2013 New Media Fellow for International Reporting Project, and 2010 LEAP Africa Award recipient, Jennifer runs the Rural Reports project with a team spread across different regions in Africa. The news portal is dedicated to covering issues around rural development. Jennifer graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism with a degree in Mass Communication and earned a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University. She has published three books: "In Days to Come" (2004), "Preserve my Saltiness" (2011) and "Half A Loaf And A Bakery" (2013). Jennifer currently serves as a full-time writer and communications consultant. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @Disgeneration

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