Medical Record Systems



Polio, MDGs, UHC, and more: WHO Bulletin July 2014

In this month’s bulletin: • Why polio is a public health emergency of international concern• Factors that predict success in meeting MDG 4 and 5• Read More


Polio, MDGs, UHC, and more: WHO Bulletin July 2014


In this month’s bulletin: • Why polio is a public health emergency of international concern• Factors that predict success in meeting MDG 4 and 5• Read More

What the Staff Sees: A Firsthand Look at University Hospital’s EMR


Here we have the login page. Depending on the user’s account specifications, the system will open in French, English, or Creole. Every user must select a location within the hospital in order to log in, which helps us understand what is happening at each department and narrows down information for clinical quality assessments. The vitals form allows nurses to capture basic but important information on patients at the point of care for each visit.

An Open-source EMR: A Model for Evidence-based Health Care in Haiti


Photo: Rebecca E. Rollins/Partners In HealthDoctors Angela Jaques (orange) and Mirrielle Bien-Aime (blue) during a shift in the emergency room at University Hospital in Mirebalais. When the first patients trickled into Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (University Hospital) at the end of March, they triggered a cascade of seemingly banal computer tasks that represents one of the largest undertakings in the history of open-source electronic medical records (EMRs). In the U.S. and other developed countries, hospitals invest millions of dollars on proprietary medical record systems that gather enormous volumes of data

South Africa: Monitoring & Evaluation Technical Advisor (South Africa)…

Organization: International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs Country: South Africa Closing date: 15 Aug 2013 LOCATION: Pretoria, South Africa POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting to the Technical Director, ICAP-South Africa, the M&E Technical Advisor will provide leadership and guidance to the ICAP-South Africa Monitoring and Evaluation team, and assume an overall coordination role for routine and specialized M&E activities, targeted research and evaluation initiatives and knowledge management. The M&E Technical Advisor will liaise closely with the ICAP-New York MER Unit and other technical and programmatic staff in New York. The incumbent will also coordinate communication with partners on M&E issues, manage short-term technical consultants and represent ICAP-South Africa in domestic and international for a related to M&E. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Manage development, implementation and evaluation of M&E systems for USG-funded and privately-funded initiatives that comprise the ICAP-SA portfolio of services; Provide technical assistance to ICAP Program staff and partners (DOH, CBOs, NGOs, DHMTs, SDHTs) to strengthen strategic information activities and M&E systems in each ICAP-supported region; Develop, implement and analyze research initiatives and public health evaluations as needed in coordination with the Evaluation Officer; Serve as a resource to DOH Government partners, Columbia University, CDC and other funders in the evaluation of ongoing programs; Assist in building the capacity of DOH partners and internal M&E personnel to better implement effective M&E and strategic information systems within supported regions; Manage staff in the M&E Unit as well as short-term technical consultants; Ensure regular M&E coordination with ICAP-NY’s M&E unit; Undertake overall coordination of knowledge management activities within ICAP-South Africa to document, share and archive data to build institutional memory as well as to inform programmatic direction; Assist the senior management team in reviewing and revising policies and procedures that enhance ICAP-South Africa programs as they relate to M&E frameworks and strategic information systems; Coordinate with the M&E in-country team, the collection and reporting of data for all donor and headquarter reports; Conduct routine data quality assessment for all ICAP-supported programs; Carry out other duties as assigned by the Country Director.

Global Fund Targets $15 Billion to Effectively Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

Global Fund Targets $15 Billion to Effectively Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria BRUSSELS – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced a Read More

Open HDD cleans up health systems

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In November 2012, the Philippines Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) issued a press release about its “crucial” collaboration with the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) to develop a national health data dictionary. According to Dr. Alvin B. Marcelo, PhilHealth Chief Information and Technology Executive, “without a data dictionary, confusion and misinterpretations are common.” With the openHDD, PhilHealth can create new strategies “to improve universal health coverage.” PhilHealth’s adoption of openHDD is an international partnership embraced at the highest level of the PhilHealth more

The Ups and Downs of Electronic Medical Records

The case for electronic medical records is compelling: They can make health care more efficient and less expensive, and improve the quality of care by Read More

OpenMRS 1.7 Now Available


According to the OpenMRS blog, this new version of OpenMRS has many new features including: Problem lists and allergy lists New user interface for location Read More

Delegates From Nine African Countries Discuss Health Information Systems

Nine southern African countries and donors have gathered in Namibia for the second regional leadership in Health Information Systems (HIS) meeting to discuss “how recipient countries should take ownership of these systems,” New Era reports (Sasman, 10/26). Participant countries “will work together to develop country specific strategies to strengthen their national HIS and prepare a country-led action plan,” writes the Southern Times. More than 100 delegates representing Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe are expected to attend from ministries of finance, health, science, information and statistics bureaus (Nashuuta, 10/22).

FrontlineSMS @ National Geographic Live!

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Date : Friday October 29th, 2010 Venue : National Geographic, Washington DC Moderator : Benjamin Shaw Speakers : Saleem H. Ali, Ken Banks, Jerry Glover, Kakenya Ntalya “Meet four gifted individuals recognized by National Geographic for making a difference early in their careers. This season’s Emerging Explorers Salon, moderated by  Benjamin Shaw , executive producer for the weekly radio talk show  National Geographic Weekend , features transformative ideas that are influencing the world. Scientist  Saleem H

Taking the social mobile “taste test”

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“After all is said and done, a lot more will be said than done” – Unknown author Twitter has been abuzz lately with fascinating snippets of advice on how to succeed, how not to fail, what makes a good social venture, what makes a good mobile project or how to be a successful social entrepreneur. Of course, it’s easy to say these things, and even easier to repeat mantras and slogans which fit a popular or emerging philosophy. Who could argue, for example, that “users should be put first”? Sadly, when all is said and done, the reality is that it’s still much easier to ignore the advice and go do your  own thing your  own way, rather than doing things the  right way.

Video: Mobile Phones for Development

Date : Monday 20th September, 2010 Venue : London School of Economics Speakers : Dr Jenny Aker, Ken Banks, Dawn Haig-Thomas Chair : Diane Coyle IGC Growth Week 2010 Public Discussion “Mobile phones have the potential to contribute significantly to economic growth in the developing world, in both the private and public sector. From improving market information for fish traders in Lake Victoria, to enabling medical outreach services in rural South Asia, the mobile is a versatile and adaptable tool. What impact can mobiles have on those previously excluded from financial services and communications networks? Which policies will help turn the promise of mobiles into real benefits for the poorest people

Glimpsing into a mobile future

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Few companies innovate with the intensity and frequency of those working in mobile, and today’s present is a future that only a handful of people would have predicted just a few short years ago. While most of us happily soak up rampant innovation as mere consumers, a handful of people in the hallowed corridors of mobile R&D labs are already working on the next big thing – the phones we’ll be carrying around in our back pockets in 2012 and beyond. Very occasionally we get a glimpse of this future. A couple of years or so ago,  Nokia went public with their “morph concept” phone – an idea which seems so crazy and off-the-wall it might actually be possible.