DigiTech Health Leadership Talks – With Mr Diran Abidakun (YEL2021)

Date:  25 November 2021

DigiTech Health Leadership Talks – With Mr Diran Abidakun (YEL2021)



Authors: Taylor Johansen (Canada, Co-chair), Cátia Ferreira (Portugal), Leandro Luis (Portugal), Morenike Abidakun (Nigeria), Sudha Pathak (India/United Arab Emirates).

The DigiTech Health Leadership Talks are a series of recorded webcasts conducted by the 2021 Young Executive Leaders, which introduces people to the nuances of the field of digital health by sharing the knowledge of select international experts.

In these webcasts, we ask relevant questions to our guests and through their valuable comments, we learn about their role in transforming digital Health and their expertise in the field of telehealth and mobile health. Follow these interviews to learn about the world of digital and technology-driven transformations with distinguished experts.

In this third DigiTech Health Leadership Talks webcast we spoke with Mr. Diran Abidakun, from Nigeria– He is the head of Blue Wolf Africa, a smart technology service provider with a special interest in smart engineering, smart healthcare and smart cities. He also serves as the CEO of Careclick Technologies, a healthcare IT company committed to providing increased and improved access to quality and affordable healthcare to Africans through innovative telehealth solutions.

He is a member of different organisations including the International Association for the Management of Technology, Digital Healthcare Entrepreneurs of Nigeria and Society for Telemedicine and E-health in Nigeria.

You can watch the whole interview or just the answers by following our instructions.

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0 – What is Diran Abidakun’s role in the field of digital health? (1:16)

Learn about Mr. Abidakun’s use of technology across different industrial sectors (engineering, oil & gas and healthcare) and his passion to use technology to improve African healthcare.

1 – How are organisations optimizing virtual care to achieve positive clinical outcomes? (02:21)

Learn about how healthcare-related and non-healthcare-related organisations have leveraged technology in the age of COVID. Healthcare-related organisations (HMOs, hospitals) are more aware as compared to the pre-COVID era, now they are increasingly using video conferencing and other smart technology to improve processes. Non-healthcare-related organisations are leveraging virtual and remote access care to protect their staff during COVID.

Learn about steps to increase awareness and facilitate the development of policies and regulations to improve and optimize virtual care.

2 – How well do you feel that society is embracing mHealth/telehealth and what are the fears and challenges? (4:22)

Learn about how an increased understanding of the advantages of telemedicine/ virtual care has resulted in a readiness to embrace it.

Learn about the increase forecasted impact in rural areas as compared to cities like Lagos due to few options previously and limited access to care.

3 – What do you think about the mhealth/telehealth strategy of your country? (7:48)

Learn about the current status of mhealth/telehealth strategy in Nigeria which were limited prior to 2019. Since 2019, rapid progress has been made to bring mhealth/telehealth to the forefront of national priorities. There have been more technical meetings to understand telehealth and how it affects different sectors. Additionally, the government has been playing a more active role to introduce legislations, policies, and regulations on how telemedicine can be implemented and operated within the healthcare system in Nigeria.

Learn about Lagos State as case study deploying technology in the healthcare system.

4 – What is the impact of COVID-19 on mhealth/telehealth? (10:32)

Learn about how the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in massive improvement in the usage of digital health/ telehealth, a vast change in consumer behaviour, and the emergence of companies leveraging technology.

5 – What actions should healthcare stakeholders take in order to realise the full potential of telehealth? (12:44)

Learn about the actions that need to be taken. Governments must use strong policies and regulations to bring the stakeholders of the healthcare industry together and encourage further investment in telehealth by private establishments.

6 – How do you think the new generation health managers should lead the mHealth & telehealth revolution (15:23)

Learn about the role of the new generation of health managers in improving education and awareness amongst medical practitioners, government officials, medical students and users on the benefits of telehealth and mobile health with the goal of furthering the adoption of digital health.

7 – How do you see the mhealth and telehealth technologies in 2050? (18:10)

Learn about how advancements in technology and mobile technology e.g. internet connectivity, GSM connectivity will lead to a revolutionary change in the adoption and use of mhealth/telehealth in the future.


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