As clients (patients) visit health facilities to seek for healthcare, most times they are not served immediately. In most instances, the patients have to follow some queues in order to reach the points of service delivery such as clerking, clinician’s rooms, laboratory, and dispensing (pharmacy). We capture this as waiting time, in each key service … Continue reading Efficiency in service delivery at health facility level: Service time
Uganda’s National Health Policy (NHP II 2010 – 2020) aims at attaining a good standard of health for all people in Uganda in order to promote healthy and productive lives. Among other facets of the health system, the NHP identifies healthcare data and reporting gaps as an important area that needs to be streamlined to … Continue reading Overview of healthcare information development agenda in Uganda’s policy framework ?
Imagine if the person you trusted most decided to share all of your secrets with your worst enemy? You probably wouldn’t ever trust that person again. It might even make you stop trusting people altogether. That idea of trust is at the foundation of your medical care and why patient confidentially is so important. When you … Continue reading Why is Patient Confidentiality Important in Uganda’s Health Centers?
Healthcare systems and service delivery is becoming more complex by the day. Population bulge and disease outbreak – including emergence of new diseases significantly aggravate the situation. Transitioning from paper-based medical records to Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems is indispensable in managing these complexities. The population in need of medical care in developing countries and … Continue reading Challenges facing the healthcare data flow and Electronic Medical Record systems in Uganda: Evidence from selected health facilities
Uganda and Sub-Saharan Africa at large is faced with substantial burden of disease such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and malaria among others. This challenge is exacerbated by healthcare service delivery that is plagued with inefficiency, low quality of healthcare, and generally, increasing complexity in the healthcare system given emergence of new diseases and population bulge. Good … Continue reading Barriers to Health Information Systems and Electronic Medical Records Implementation. A Field Study of Uganda’s Hospitals
On September 17, the Minister of Health, Dr Ruth Aceng, during the launch of the new Mulago Specialised Women and Neonatal Hospital, brought to the nation’s attention that government had prescribed certain fees, which patients have to pay before accessing services at the facility. This is a commendable and good initiative on the part of … Continue reading Mulago fees structure versus right to health
The Healthcare sector in Uganda has lagged behind in the transition from paper based information management to digital information management, yet it’s an area, where there is too much data being collected from different sources and that data has to be analyzed and rich reports generated within the shortest time possible. Typically, when one goes … Continue reading Why Electronic Information Management System (EHIMS) in Uganda’s Health sector?
Electronic medical records (EMRs) are a digital version of the paper charts in the clinician’s office. An EMR contains the medical and treatment history of the patients in one practice. EMRs have advantages over paper records. For example, EMRs allow clinicians to: Track data over time Easily identify which patients are due for preventive screenings or … Continue reading What is the Difference between Electronic Health Records & Electronic Medical Records?
Currently in Uganda the Health Management Information System is predominantly a paper-based system, with almost all health facilities visited purely using paper-based (manual) capture of patient’s data, and manually aggregate data from source tools into periodic HMIS reports and submit manual reports to the next level. Flow of data is basically a paper-based process, although … Continue reading What has led to the low adaption rate of big data analytics in Uganda’s Health Sector?
Strengthening data management of medical records in government hospitals and health care centers is important for planning, monitoring and evaluation which lead to improved data use and health service delivery. When hospital managers have access to timely, complete and accurate data, well stored and easy to retrieve they are able to react appropriately to existing … Continue reading Strengthening Data Management of Medical Records in Uganda’s Government Hospitals and Health Care centers