President Akufo-Addo has stated that medical records are being digitised through government’s digitalisation agenda to ensure effective delivery of healthcare in the country.

He says the exercise will cover all health facilities as part of plans to enhance their operations and make them more competitive.

Mr Akufo-Addo made this known when he delivered the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Wednesday, March 30 in Parliament.

“Indeed, Mr Speaker, we are expecting greater things from the greater use of technology and the digitalisation of our economy as a whole. I am happy to report that the National Identification Card, the Ghana Card, has finally been integrated into our everyday lives as a cradle-to-grave necessity.

“The digitisation of hospital records has started, through the Lightwave Health Information Management System. We started with the Teaching Hospitals, and we plan to work in a phased approach to cover every health facility in Ghana. I am sure this will be a welcome innovation for all,” he disclosed.

President Akufo-Addo added that the days when people use different ages for different purposes in the country are over as government’s digitalisation agenda moves into a higher gear.

“Never again will it be that someone, born in this country, will live a full life, die and be buried, without any record of his or her existence.

“The operations of the Births and Deaths Registry are finally being digitised to make sure that documents issued from that department are accorded the respect they should have,” he noted.

In addition to this, “every child born in this country will be registered, and the date of birth registered will remain your date of birth throughout your life. There will be no school age, no football age, no SSNIT age, and no official age.

“When we register for National Health Insurance, the details of our identification will be the same as the details on a driving licence, a passport and yes, on our tax identification.”