National Referral Hospital (NRH) this week launched a new software that will improve patient care and strengthen health systems throughout the country.
A statement from the Ministry of health and medical services said, the Admission, Discharge and Transfer (ADT) software was funded by ICTSU and developed by ICTSU and Solomon IT Solutions, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The ADT system allows information about patients to be digitally collected and stored, which is significant for several reasons according to NRH Medical Superintendent, Dr. Rooney Jagily.
“This is a big leap forward for the hospital. Before, it was almost impossible to retrieve notes about a patient when they returned to the hospital the next time. With the ADT system, we can retrieve details about what procedures they had, whether they experienced any allergies to medications, who was their doctor. This is very important information that medical staff need in order to give the best quality care,” he said.
Overall management of the hospital will also be improved by the ADT system, according to Dr. Jagily. With accurate records, the hospital will be able to track details such as which illnesses present most commonly, how long patients wait in emergency, the length of time patients stay in the ward and the medications that are used. By analysing trends, hospital management can ensure that there are adequate human resources and sufficient medical supplies to meet the health needs of the community.
Previous attempts to improve medical records at NRH had been unsuccessful, said Dr. Jagily, because overseas consultants had tried to implement systems but they were not able to be maintained after the consultants left the country. “This new system is custom-built and locally-developed,” he said, “So we will be able to fine-tune it and expand it over time, as well as fix any problems that arise.”
Patient information is securely stored and can only be accessed by authorised users. The ADT software allows hospital management to track who has been using the system so that security of patient information is kept private and confidential.
Mr. Smith Iniakwala, Director of ICTSU, said that the ADT system is the first major application of the new network that ICSTU has rolled out, which connects all government ministries. “This system is the foundation for any other system in the hospital, so it was really important that we get it started. We were happy to fund this project, because we wanted to showcase what the network is capable of. It’s a real milestone for us and we will use it as a model to assist other Ministries in their Information System needs.”
The provinces will also benefit from the ADT system. After the software has been fully implemented at NRH, it will be rolled out to provincial hospitals, beginning with Kilu’ufi and Gizo hospitals.
Source: MHMS Press Release