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 Thursday, May 31, 2012

Three hospitals in the towns of Saboba, Wiaga and Bawku in Northern Ghana, are setting up an upgraded health information system, customised to fit their specific needs. The system can help to increase the hospitals efficiency giving more insight into patients registrations, help to more easily keep track of pharmacy stock and more.

The system contains several components that will each help different areas of the hospital.

  • Clinical: Patients records and registrations, prescriptions, admissions and discharges, investigations (x-rays, laboratory, ultrasound scans etc.) and daily measurements.

  • Stock and Inventory Management: Pharmacies, stocks and dispensaries, procurements, external orders and receivables.

  • Human Resource: Managing staff, payroll, promotions and appraisals, recruitment and leave of absence.

  • Income and Expenditure: Invoicing and billing, sponsors and patients invoicing, refunds and deposit payments.

  • General Reports: Daily attendance, patient registrations, services and their fees, drugs bulletin, clinics, inpatient and outpatient listing as well as medical sponsors.

The system will also provide the Ghanaian Ministry of Health with data concerning mortality, morbidity, outpatients and inpatients, midwife returns, surgical returns and bed state statistics. Local partner CHAG will also have the opportunity to monitor and compare the data from these hospitals in real time.

This health information system will be up-scaled with the financial, technical and training support of IICD and Cordaid, working as members of the Connect4Change Consortium.
It will be customised based on an already available system, HAMS, created by Ghanaian organization Infotech.

HAMS is already being applied in more than 100 hospitals all over the country. The system provides a valuable source of medical, financial,administrative, human resources and insurance data. In addition, it is linked to DHIS2, the central public health monitoring system where information on all the hospitals in Ghana is accessible at all times.

(Source: IICD)
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