BAKU, Azerbaijan, January 6. Uzbekistan looks to have its healthcare sector become more digitalized, with help of specialists from Turkiye, Trend reports citing press service of Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan.
The matter was discussed between Uzbek Minister of Public Health Amrillo Inoyatov and Turkish Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Şuayip Birinci. The parties discussed questions of cooperation, including the mentioned digitalization of Uzbekistan's healthcare sector, as well as health insurance and training issues.
The changes in the Uzbek healthcare sector follow up the activities of 2022, when Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan, within the framework of the state support project for digital reforms in the healthcare sector, has developed a plan for the digitalization of medical institutions for 2022-2026. The first priority of the plan was the creation of an ICT infrastructure for connecting to the internet and computerization of treatment and preventive care establishments, pharmacies and health authorities.
As for health insurance, back in July 2022 Uzbekistan initiated a pilot project in the Syrdarya region as part of the state support program for digital health care reforms for 2022-2026.
The officials said at the time that within the framework of the state program, a national medical information system will be developed, which will serve as the basis for medical institutions and a practice management system for outpatient healthcare facilities.
Furthermore, Uzbekistan continues to develop its pharmaceutical sector, within the same 2022-2026 years. The government expects the increase of domestic production of medicines by 3 times, bringing the level of supply of the domestic market to 80 percent.
The country annually consumes pharmaceutical products worth $1.6 billion.