Training the first generation of IRs in Nigeria
Scott McLafferty, DO Summer 2020 | ADVERTORIAL
RAD-AID International, a registered 501c3 nonprofit, is supporting the growth of interventional radiology in Nigeria. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with over 200 million people, but there are only a handful of practicing IRs in the country. There are no training programs in existence today. RAD-AID International aims to train 4,000 IRs over the next decade in Nigeria. This is a monumental task that will require strong partnerships with forward-thinking specialized platforms such as HI-IQ.
In order to properly train the first generation of IRs in Nigeria, comprehensive quality improvement initiatives are essential. HI-IQ allows us to maximize our resources and provides efficiency analyses specifically designed to address the needs of IR. We will be able to track cases remotely to monitor the growth and training of Nigeria’s IRs. Equally important, HI-IQ also allows for the logging of complications. All of these items are needed if we are to build transparent training programs that can flourish over the long term.
Once HI-IQ is adopted, the opportunities for research are limitless. IR research in Africa is at its nascent stage. Using HI-IQ’s resources, Nigerians will be trailblazers not only in the clinical setting but also academically. HI-IQ’s database will be the backbone for the analysis of IR-related acute and chronic illnesses in Africa. This is a unique opportunity that will pay dividends for generations to come.
Our inaugural IR training program is at University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, Nigeria. UCH has a long prestigious tradition of medical training. In 2019, our partnership with Ambra Health and Google resulted in the donation of a cloud-based picture archiving and communication system (PACS) at UCH. HI-IQ has generously agreed to donate its software to UCH so they can begin logging data. With these tools in place, we significantly improve our capability to support UCH remotely. We are passionate to succeed in this space and with partners like HI-IQ we are more confident than ever that we can achieve our goals.
Disclaimer: Please note that SIR is not responsible for any products or services offered by ConexSys, including HI-IQ. Nor is SIR responsible for any guarantees offered by ConexSys. Any concerns or questions about HI-IQ should be directed to ConexSys at (866) 604-4447.