Medical Record Systems


Community Survey: Use of Digital Clinical Resources

Digital clinical resources are on- and off-line tools that are used in the context of medical education and/or care delivery with the overarching goal of Read More

Preparing for data revolution: identifying health information competencies among HWs

Background: Health information is required for a variety of purposes at all levels of a health system, and a workforce skilled in collecting, analysing, presenting, and disseminating such information is essential to fulfil these demands.

Information Systems: the Secret to Solving Uganda’s Health Problems

It’s interesting how so many ideas have been documented and visualized about improving the health sector in Uganda, while ignoring the fact that an improved health sector starts with health providers being able to work more efficiently and effectively. This involves proper documentation of patient records, proper data storage, and proper feedback mechanisms in order to create a smooth information flow. Most of the current processes are often manual and more laborious than they need to be. This causes greater inefficiencies, longer turn-around time, loss of revenue due to inaccurate compilations, inability to archive data for future use, and poor allocation of resources. Well developed health information systems that are based on the idea of sharing critical information can assist areas of operation in the health sector


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

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!

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”

“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

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.

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