Automation of the health sector, hospitals administrators and staff start user training and implementation.

Automation of the health sector, hospitals administrators and staff start user training and implementation.

A team of twenty two (22) Information Technology scientists has been dispatched to conduct both fresh and refresher training for the Integrated Health Management Information System (iHMIS). The training will be conducted by a team from theIntegrated Intelligent Computer System which developed the iHMIS. iHMIS helps track medicine usage, records management, monitors attendance of medical workers among others.

The system has since been deployed in ten (10) regional hospitals-namely- Moroto, Soroti, Gulu, Hoima, FortPortal, Mbarara, Kabale, Masaka, and Naguru China-Uganda Friendship Hospital.

Government through Ministry of health approved deployment of the system as a means to increase efficiency in public hospitals and health centres, making it possible for government to cut unnecessary health expenditures. This was mainly realized from unmeasured supply of medicine resulting sometimes into wastage because of expiration. It on the other hand saves the hospital administration from under requesting for medicine as the system automatically sends an alert based on the previous requests and usage.

The system keeps track of the patient’s medical record and it can be retrieved anywhere where the system is deployed in case the patient changed a hospital of treatment.

Saving the masses further from the inconvenience of carrying their records in an exercise book at every hospital visit.

The two groups-one already in the field comprises of ‘Change and Deployment/ and the ‘Infrastructure team’, which is responsible for putting up hardware and connection of necessary equipment for the seamless installation.

At the end of the field refresher training, the ten hospitals will have achieved significant strides for example, going paperless among others. This is largely because there is capacity to capture patients’ records, prescription history and the total end to end operations of the hospital, on the automated system, thus saving both patients and hospital administrators from possible loss of physical records and also cutting costs from paper purchase, among others.

This strategic intervention is a major tool for hospital administrators and the communities.

About the IICS

The Integrated Intelligent Computer Systems (IICS) Technologies is an initiative of Government of Uganda. It started as a research project in 2010 under the supervision of Uganda National Council for Science and Technology. IICS currently dedicates their efforts towards engineering software systems to support Uganda's Health sector, implement Change Management, provide basic ICT skills to health workers, train system users, support users both at their locations and remotely, and also carry out regular system maintenance and upgrade.

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