Caroline Kamasaka, a Digital Specialist in the Ministry of Health, says the system is going to integrate the work of all departments in Regional Referral Hospitals to show the progress on patients’ management from right from diagnosis, prescription of drugs, treatment and referrals onto the network that will be centrally monitored.
Referral Hospitals across the country have been enrolled on a centralized
patient’s management system to enable the Health to track their service
delivery levels and effectiveness closely.
The digitalized Integrated Health Facility Information
Management System-IHMIS is an innovation by the government’s Integrated
Intelligent Computer Systems-IICS technologies. The system is meant to enhance efficiency and
eliminate paper-based tools in the health service delivery cycle.
Caroline Kamasaka, a Digital Specialist in the Ministry of Health, says the system is going to integrate the work of all departments in Regional Referral Hospitals to show the progress on patients’ management from right from diagnosis,
prescription of drugs, treatment and referrals onto the network that will be
According to Kamasaka, the system has been deployed in
Masaka, Mbarara, Naguru, Entebbe, Soroti, Lira, Mbale, Kabaale, Moroto and Hoima
Regional Referral Hospitals where all service delivery points and departments
have now been equipped with laptops and desktop computers that will enable the
staffs capture patients details in the digital system.
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Kamasaka says the ministry is rolling out the project with
funding from Global Fund Facility to build the network infrastructure, which is
eventually going to be expanded to all Health Centers IV across the country.
She explains that they are also looking up to the new system to address
prominent challenges of loss of patient details, high costs incurred on
stationary as well as tracking the performance of health workers in government
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Dr Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Health, says the system is part of the government’s broad-based strategy to enhance
the use of technology for purposes of increasing efficiency in service delivery
in all its entities. Atwine has challenged the health staffs to fully
embrace the new technology, saying it will help simplify their work.
"When a mother comes, you will not need to move around looking for records. You
will just get onto the system punch in a name and all the information regarding
that patients come and there is simplified continuity,” she says.
Dr Nathan Onyaki, the Director Masaka Regional Referral
Hospital is optimistic that the system will improve the hospitals reporting
mechanisms and knowledge sharing among staffs since they will have an
opportunity of consulting and getting feedback on time. This, he says will eventually improve services