(CITE Zimbabwe) ICAP-supported hospital adopts digital patient management system
Dec 18, 2019 | In the Media, News
photo: Sven Torfinn. Zambia, Monze, Monze School of Nursing. March 2016. Students in computer lab, room, nursing e-learning, ICT, distance learning, internet, books, healthcare, professor, teacher, examination, uniforms, male, female, nurses, youth, development. In 2011 ICAP launched the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) to address the critical shortages of health care workers by strengthening nursing education in Zambia. Through NEPI, ICAP is upgrading the nursing and midwifery learning institutions with clinical skills labs for practical training using simulation mannequins and advanced child birth simulators, with computer rooms and servers capable of hosting e-learning platforms and with projectors and screens to upgrade classroom standards. Through training of faculty staff and introduction of clinical preceptors to supervise students during their clinical placements in health facilities, providing tuition to increase enrollment and developing competency-based curriculums, ICAP is improving quality and relevance of health education in Zambia.
In close partnership with ICAP, Esigodini District Hospital in Zimbabwe has completed a digital overhaul of their patient data systems and processes through the introduction of a electronic health records. The initiative makes paper registers and records obsolete and ensures easy access to patient data for health providers at the rural hospital.
“[U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Thomas Hastings] was met by Acting District Medical Officer, Dr Cleophas Makonese, who explained how [electronic health records or E-HR) were useful in capturing patient’s data.
‘Once names are entered, once (sic) can be assured we will have all information pertaining to them. We can see the procedures done before and tests so we just continue the management of a patient from where one was left. Patients can still carry their personal health cards for their benefit but for us, that information is stored in the E-HR,’ he said.”
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