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Soroti Regional Referral Hospital affirms commitment to be the outstanding user of the Integrated Hospital Management Information System (iHMIS)

The management of Soroti Regional Referral Hospital has vowed to be the supreme executor of the Integrated Hospital Management Information System in their hospital business processes. This, they affirmed during a Monitoring and Evaluation engagement meeting with the management of the Integrated Intelligent Computer Systems (IICS Technologies), the computer scientists who researched, engineered, developed and are implementing the system in all government health facilities. 

Dr. Watmon Ben the Director of Soroti Regional Referral hospital, who had been transferred to the health facility from Moroto regional referral hospital a fortunate ago, was excited to establish that the current statistics placed his facility on top of the rest in which the iHMIS had been deployed.

The system that was deployed in Soroti in April 2021 has since realized sublime progress in its usage and their regular feedback to the IICS Technologies team has facilitated systematic and suitable modifications of the modules by the IICS Technology team. 

Inadequate hardware, owing to the large size of the hospital and intermittent network failure are some of the eminent challenges the health facility encounters. However, the Principal Clinical Officer Dr Barmas Henry who in his submission stated iHMIS had so far brought forth much relief of the tedious manual capturing of data on paper by introducing an electronic patient record creation, downplayed the challenges as meager compared to the enormous efficiencies the system brings about. He further reiterated that iHMIS had progressively improved and that the, hospital had recorded substantial gains. 

“One of the advantages is that our physicians are able to know their patients, track and monitor all their journey throughout the facility, yet previously one had to do so manually by allocating one of the staff members to follow them around.” remarked the Principal Clinical Officer. 

The Managing Director of IICS Technologies Dr Silver Kiyemba made it clear that the effort to hold the monitoring and evaluation arrangement was to understand from the facilities what has worked and also bring to light some of the hindrances users encounter with the system.  “We are here to among other things explore the possibility of piloting going paperless and highly performing hospitals mentoring others, as well as the possibility of creating avenues in which health facilities share success stories enabling them to always learn from each other,” said Dr. Kiyemba.

Dr. Silver Kiyemba also said that the process of integrating the Integrated Hospital Management Information System (iHMIS) with the National Identification and Registration Authority is in advanced stages and once completed will resolve all issues related to data entry. Once a patient approaches the registration point their National ID details are entered into the system or their fingerprints are scanned in case they forgot theirNational Identification Number (NIN) and the system will seamlessly retrieve accurate details from the National Identification Register.  

Other engagements were held at Iganga General Hospital and Mbale Regional Referral Hospital in which experiences were shared and acknowledged.   

 

  • Date: 23 Feb 2022 02:15 PM

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Parliament lauds IICS Technologies for its adept innovativeness

The parliamentary committee on health was delighted to learn that there’s an effort by Ugandan information Techs to design, engineer and implement solution based softwares to improve public service delivery.  The Integrated Hospital Management Information System (iHMIS) which is being implemented at government hospitals was applauded as a revolutionary innovation that efficiently addresses salient issues in the health sector. The issues were said to be sometimes propagated by staff such as absenteeism, drug theft, over stocking or over ordering of medicines as well sporadic loss of medical records.

The legislators noted that the health sector management suffers from artificial tendencies occasioned to self-benefit workers at the expense of patients and tax payers. While citing some examples Hon. Ruth Lematia a directly elected woman Member of Parliament, Maracha County articulated that, some medical workers connive to work for a few days in a week while covering up for each other once pressed for answers. “Seeing that this system; records and monitors real time staff attendance and duty task at the health facility, it’s a great innovation that must be supported at all costs”, she said.  

Hon Engineer Irene Muloni a former Minister of energy and Mineral development freely expressed her thoughts about government expenditure to be saved from the system usage once deployed in all health facilities in the country including health centers II parish level.  “This system is really excellent; it’s going to help improve efficiency, cut costs and minimize losses” and she further added that she’s “really excited about the system because she has no doubt about the use of computer based systems in solving problems. 

Dr. Silver Kiyimba, the Principal Investigator-Integrated Intelligent Computer System (IICS Technologies) the implementing agency of iHMIS presented a live impression and functionalities of the system at random hospitals chosen by the committee. Astounded by the real time viewing of how patients were being attended to and the duration each medical worker spent on a patient, as well as some of the most requested for medicines at specific hospitals, the committee recommended an expeditious implementation of the system country wide.

The committee was humbled by Dr. Silver Kiyimba’s humility to honor the president’s call to leave the UK to come and create IT based solutions that enhance public service delivery in Uganda. He was flanked by Hajj. Abdul Nsubuga, PMP. the Project Manager, Mr Solomon Ssendigya, the Head Business Development & Strategy as well as other officers from IICS Technologies.  

  • Date: 10 Feb 2022 10:15 AM

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IICS Technologies team holds an Integrated Hospital Management Information System Review

In a bid to asses and get a deeper understanding of the progress attained since the Integrated Hospital Management Information System (iHMIS) was deployed in some health facilities, China-Uganda Friendship Hospital in Nagura held an engagement meeting with the IICS Technologies team.

Dr. Batiibwe Emmanuel Paul the Hospital Director while chairing the meeting drew examples from his past experiences in other countries noted that; any system that seeks to ease work of an administrator ought to be embraced and supported despite the challenges that may prevail.

He led a team of hospital administrators, clinicians, senior nurses, pharmacists among others, who on their part highlighted the importance of different unique system modules. However, the occasional breakdown of network impedes the functionality of the well intentioned system, they said.

Hajj Abdul Nsubuga, the Project Manager of the iHMIS, in response pledged to engage stake holders responsible for infrastructure and network, to find a lasting solution to the intermittent network failure. He was accompanied by Mr. Solomon Ssendigiya, the Head of Business Development and Strategy as well as Change and Development Officers from IICS Technologies.

In the implementation arrangement, Ministry of Health meets the infrastructural needs while NITA-U, provides the internet connectivity and IICS Tech shoulders the process of designing, engineering, testing, deploying, training users and maintaining the system.

 

  • Date: 21 Jan 2022 10:15 AM

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Itojo, Bwera and Iganga General Hospitals embrace iHMIS deployment

The directors, Administrators and other hospital staff of Itojo, Bwera and Iganga General Hospitals have expressed joy and passion over deployment of the Integrated Health Management Information System (iHMIS).  It was exhibited during simultaneous trainings of the different system modules carried out by three parallel teams on site.

All the three health facilities attract quite a number of patients averaging to 200 on a daily basis. Automation of their services will provide an avenue for the patient’s best experience throughout the hospital journey.

Time spent during, registration, triaging, clinical consultation and the process of dispensing medicine among other functions will drastically reduce.  And members of the public are forecast to receive satisfactory management during their hospital visits.

When operationalized the Integrated Health Management Information System (iHMIS) brings to life real time hospital business practices. It challenges and empowers users to carry out their tasks in a highly organized manner, saving both time and other resources. 

In October 2020, a team was sent to the three hospitals to carry out visibility studies of the sites. The organization is now leveraging on the results of that effort to conduct the ongoing eleven days training and system deployment.

According to Hajj Abdul Nsubuga, the Project Manager for the Integrated Health Management Information System (iHMIS), the system roll out is pegged to the readiness of the health facility infrastructure, a key role that is being handled and supported by Ministry of Health and NITA-U.

Hajj Abdu further affirms that IICS Technologies is equipped with standby teams that carry out Change and Deployment as well as Systems Administration.

The Ministry of Health is scouting out, Jinja, Mubende and Lira general hospitals for the next round of deployment.

 

  • Date: 12 Jan 2022 08:45 AM

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CUFH-Naguru Senior Management Receives Training on iHMIS Managerial Module

The director, administrators and members of management of China- Uganda Friendship Hospital in Naguru-Kampala have been freshly trained by the Integrated Intelligent Computer System (IICS Technologies) scientists. The half day training was conducted by Mr. Solomon Ssendigiya; the iHMIS project Manager and three other Change Management Officers.

The managerial dashboard is a new modification in the Integrated Health Management Information System (iHMIS), developed for managers and administrators of health facilities to simplify their supervisory roles.

This particular module according to Mr. Ssendigiya, is a timely source of information, an adept decision making aide, a real-time performance management tool, and gives an in-depth insight of the health facility at first glance.

  • Date: 11 Nov 2021 02:15 PM

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