Kazakhstan, Russia signed Memorandum of Cooperation in telemedicine

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26 October, 2018, 16:35 420
Kazakhstan, Russia signed Memorandum of Cooperation in telemedicine

This will improve the life level of Kazakhstani citizens. 

Within the Global Conference on primary health care, the Ministries of Healthcare of Kazakhstan and Russia signed a memorandum to create and develop joint systems to provide medical care with the use of telehealth technologies, BNews.kz reports referring to the Ministry of Healthcare of Kazakhstan. 

According to the Kazakh Healthcare Minister, Yelzhan Birtanov, the signing of the document will improve the level of life qualities of Kazakhstani citizens. 

"We sign a Memorandum of Cooperation in telemedicine, which is among the main dications for our Ministry. The Address of the head of state is of social nature with an emphasis on the population's income, their social statuses, affordable qualitative education and healthcare. Nursultan Nazarbayev specially underlined the necessity to develop primary health care, instructed to raise salaries, in particular, these of healthcare employees. It was instructed to switch to paper-free medicine, and we are working on it," said Yelzhan Birtanov. 

Photo credit: Kazakh Ministry of Healthcare 

At the same time, the Minister noted that Russian companies were present on Kazakhstan's market of medical services. 

"There are Russian companies on Kazakhstan's market providing us with information systems. We plan to expand traditional telemedicine beyond polyclinics and hospitals with actively training the population, using technologies to link with medical workers and patients. I am sure that the signing if the Memorandum will give a positive impetus. We also intend to cooperate in training and an exchange of experiences. Another interesting theme we would like to propose for cooperation is medicines. We would like to develop this direction, to increase the network of distributors. We could consider it together," said the MInister. 

The Russian side has introduced Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation Veronika Skvortsova. She supported proposals of the Kazakh counterpart regarding cooperation. 

"We support all directions we have announced. As for digitalization, I am deeply convinced that it is the base for further development of our relations, as well as infrastructure, cadre, medicines," said Veronika Skvortsova. 

The sides intend to cooperate on sharing experiences to digitalize healthcare and in telemedicine, the development of unified data exchange standards in order to ensure the interaction of systems to provide medical care with the use of telemedical technologies. In order to implement the Memorandum, a Road map was designed to develop the main directions of cooperation in healthcare between the MInistries of Healthcare of Kazakhstan and Russia. 

Photo credit: Kazakh Ministry of Healthcare 

In addition, within the Global Conference, Yelzhan Birtanov held a meeting with Healthcare Minister of Iran Seyyed Hassan Hashimi, and a bilateral meeting on UNAIDS issues (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS). 

On October 25 this year, states from around the world signed the Astana Declaration in the capital city of Astana, confirming their attitude to strengthen the system of primary health care in their states as an important step towards achieving the universal health services coverage.