Technology is enabling delivery of effective healthcare in Morocco. In the healthcare space, advancements in research and the development and adoption of advanced technologies have allowed for a deeper understanding of human health – ultimately leading to increasingly effective ways to not only prevent, but also treat diseases. Certainly, in Africa there has been notable progress in this regard.
This adoption and integration is only set to grow – with the
software, hardware and service market related to artificial intelligence in
healthcare set to surpass $34 billion worldwide by 2025. “Microsoft has always
believed that improving healthcare through technology requires working together
through partnerships with organisations who hold expertise within the field and
identifying the right team who hold a shared passion and insights.
This has enabled us to create a broad range of cloud-based
tools and solutions that touch many aspects of the development and delivery of
effective healthcare in Morocco,” says Hicham Iraqi Houssaini, country manager
for Microsoft in Morocco.
bottlenecks and finding a solution
Delivering timely and meaningful care to these patients is
of crucial importance, given the nature of the Houses of Life programme. Upon
closer inspection, staff and volunteers realised that the legacy tools
previously used were not effective enough in allowing the programme to run
With Power BI, the team is able to pull data from multiple
sources such as databases, Excel spreadsheets, and Word documents – it has also
made data tracking considerably easier for the foundation’s IT staff. The tool
also visualises data in dashboards and easy-to-run reports, creating insights
that are updated in real time.
“Before we had dashboards, we had to collect the data
manually, on paper or with Excel files, and perform the calculations,” says
Soumaya Fatemi, a computer science engineer with the foundation. “It took us so
long. Now, our dashboards are updated daily, and we don’t have to waste time
summarising data. The dashboard does it for us.”
“Real insights mean
patients benefit the most“
Through the use of the Power BI solution, staff at Lalla Salma
have been able to identify further hidden issues in procedures that had
hindered patient care protocol. Detailed insight into the types of medications
the centres use and need has enabled staff to fine-tune delivery and stocking –
providing actionable lessons that have helped bring life-saving drugs to
patients more quickly.
“With this tool, we are able to know in detail the actual
consumption of drugs by cancer type and by therapeutic protocol,” says
Fakhkhari. “We are able to rationalise budgets, plan drug orders, and better
manage our stocks and resources, therefore treating more patients.”