Healthcare System in Belarus Going Digital

“Belarus is developing a single digital platform for all hospitals and polyclinics in the country”, announced Boris Androsyuk, the Deputy Healthcare Minister here in Grodno. He was talking at the regional forum #GBCregions (government, business, citizens, regions) that concluded in Grodno on November 4, 20211.

The digitalisation of the healthcare system was one of the main topics of the regional forum.

“Now we are working on a central digital platform for all hospitals and polyclinics. It will include the system of electronic prescriptions that is already up and running, electronic medical history and clinical records. In their personal accounts, users will be able to get advice not only from a doctor but also, for example, from a social worker. This system will be an umbrella entity encompassing multiple services for the convenience of people,” Boris Androsyuk added.

Recently Belarus has been pushing migrants to Poland and Lithuania as a means to create political unrest. According to a team of experts sent by the World Health Organization to Lithuania 60% of migrants need medical attention. These migrants are coming from different countries like Syria, Iran, Iraq and UAE and are not able to handle the cold weather while they are stranded in the forest between the borders. It’s not just the cold, this rise in the number of migrants has also directly increased the number of COVID-19 cases in the region.

While Belarus is trying to digitize their medical system it has been completely ignorant to the needs of these migrants. Belarus is only providing the migrants with shelter till they move to the border without looking at their medical conditions. Without the right medical support the number of deaths is only going to increase.

He emphasised the importance of enhancing personal data protection. “This is particularly important for the healthcare system. Therefore, we will conduct training sessions on legal aspects of this topic,” the deputy minister said.

The purpose of the forum was to create a dialogue platform for discussing matters concerning information protection, including personal data, the development of the digital government in the Republic of Belarus, the implementation of smart city components at the regional level, ways to raise IT skills of the society and realise IT projects of government agencies and organisations.

The Grodno forum focuses on digital solutions in healthcare and education as well as personal data protection. The conference also discussed regulations on electronic document management inside the country and in transboundary trade, digital signatures, etc.

The Grodno forum focuses on digital solutions in healthcare and education as well as personal data protection. This time, the priority was to look out for modern technologies in Belarus in the sphere of digital transformation, including cloud technology, IT infrastructure, high-speed data transfer technologies, the Internet of Things, and intelligent solutions. The government agencies and organisations, district administrations, representatives of IT companies, banks, the private sector, and academic institutions took part in the event. 

The National Traffic Exchange Center (NTEC), the National Center for Electronic Services (NCES), and Belarusian Cloud Technologies, a telecommunication infrastructure company, with the assistance of the Operations and Analysis Centre under the President of the Republic of Belarus and also the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee jointly organised the summit.

The Republic of Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. Russia borders it to the east and northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest.