A test run of a digital health platform will be launched in Belarus next week. Clayton Hamilton, Regional Advisor for Digital Health at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe, visited Minsk to get an overview of the existing developments in this area.
Mr Hamilton emphasised: “The main goal of my visit is to attend events and special meetings related to the development of digital medicine in Belarus. And among them, what is very important, to participate in the meeting of the CIS working group dedicated to telemedicine. We have observed significant spread of telemedicine and digital technologies during the pandemic and the active use of remote doctor-patient communication in 53 states covered by the European Office of the World Health Organization.
The Regional Advisor for Digital Health of the WHO Regional Office for Europe and his companions have held negotiations at the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus with the participation of the First Deputy Minister of Health of our country Elena Bogdan as well as a number of other essential meetings.
One of the highlights of Mr Hamilton’s visit was a visit to Belarusian State Medical University where he spent more than an hour.
He was met by the Rector of the university, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Sergey Rubnikovich, and the Vice-Rector for International Relations, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Vasili Roudenok.
The first part of the visit was devoted to excursions to the laboratory of practical training and the museum of anatomy, during which not only traditional, but also modern technologies used in teaching medical students (for example, an anatomy digital table) were presented.
Then, Professor Sergey Rubnikovich, Doctor of Medical Sciences, spoke about the ways of digitalisation applied at Belarusian State Medical University.
He noted that BSMU had created a unified information system which integrates not only all academic buildings, but also the clinical bases and the university’s residence halls. The traditional approach of the educational system, simulation training, interactive training, and distance learning allow us to provide the most effective training and give students full professional competence.
“We have the capabilities and desire to move forward in the development of both educational technology and medical digital technology. Our plans are to train physicians and pharmacists who will excel not only in the intricacies of medicine and pharmacy, but also in the IT field as part of their core speciality. After all, mastery of digital technologies enhances the competitiveness of a medical specialist. Therefore, since their first year of studies, students of BSMU study the basics of digital literacy. In this regard, we are trying to use best practices, including those from abroad,” emphasized Professor Sergey Rubnikovich. “In the near future, Belarusian State Medical University will have a new building where students will have opportunities to learn professional skills using modern digital equipment.”
BSMU business partners from the Hi-Tech Park – Roman Gromov, co-founder of Aybion Technologies, and Alexander Morozov, medical expert of Proven Reality – informed Mr Hamilton on cooperation with BSMU. They, by the way, offered Mr Hamilton to test their creation on himself, which made the guest indescribably delighted.
“You are absolutely right in your endeavours to integrate digital technologies into the educational process and strive to integrate them with the treatment process,” said Mr Hamilton after the presentation. “My colleagues from the World Health Organization and I think that, in the future, medical education will be a hybrid education: one part will be medicine and the other part will be digital.”
As Mr Hamilton admitted, he was impressed by the functionality of the classes held at BSMU. “We have everything here to train physicians. All the laboratories are equipped with the latest technology. The process of switching to the software platform for the centralized health information system will be gradual. It is planned to work out its mechanisms by the end of March.”
...Clayton Hamilton, Regional Advisor for Digital Health at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe, was presented with a gift as a memento of his stay at BSMU.
Author: Oksana Kurbeko, Press Secretary, photos by Alexander Novikov
Translation: Tatiana Malkovich