A nationwide electronic medical record and patient management system has officially been launched by the Ministry Of Health (MoH), in order to offer Ghanaians a paperless form of healthcare delivery
The system involves the networking of all hospitals, clinics and community health centres in all the regions, as well as districts, and the networking of all agencies under the Ministry of Health (MoH) such as the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
This project would be managed by Lightwave eHealthcare Services (LWEHS), a healthcare infrastructure solution with the mission of providing products and services that make the lives of clients easier.
The system, which is currently being rolled out in 26 health facilities across the country, would have a centralised data centre with 24-hour recovery unit, which would serve to revolutionise the healthcare industry.
It would also provide an electronic medical records for all citizens in the country, and develop a real-time bio-surveillance system, as well as develop a patient management system which would streamline the admission, discharge and transfer system.
At the official launch of the project at the Trauma and Specialist Hospital at Winneba in the central region, the Minister of health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, indicated that, the electronic health records system, provides an easy-to-use interface for doctors and health workers in undertaking their time by honouring clinical and other patient management duties such as history taking, performing medical examination and others.
“The beauty of it is that all these pieces of information are stored electronically and can be accessed and shared through the electronic health records. The deployment of technology in the health sector will only be worthwhile if it can help us bring better health to more people at a cost that we can afford and sustain,” he noted.
“The right approach, the right information and the right investment in e-health can deliver benefits to patients care and to the efficiency of the health care system of the country, and I will use this opportunity to ask us all to get behind this project and make it the reality that the Ghanaian health system needs,” Mr. Agyemang-Manu reiterated.
On her part, the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, who was the special guest of honour said, she was convinced the system would provide the opportunity to deliver true global and holistic approach to health services by tackling the issue of poor documentation and allowing greater collaboration and better management of the health insurance claims management system.
“Digitising the healthcare sector through eHealth solutions would not only modernise healthcare in Ghana, but also increase our competiveness in the area of medical tourism and at the same time create high quality jobs across all levels of the health system.
Ghana will also soon become a reference point for facilitating access to diagnosis and treatment through the centralised knowledge and experience to be made available by data repository that will be created and which will be available to medical research and training,” Frema Osei-Opare indicated.
At this end, the Medical Director of the Trauma and Specialist Hospital, Dr. Richard S. Anongura said, the system wouldn’t have come at a better time than this time that there is a nationwide agenda for technological transformation. Thus, he said the Trauma and Specialist Hospital fully embraces the utilization of the LHIMS, considering the enormous benefits it has over other softwares for health information managements.
He also seized the opportunity to make an appeal to the Ministry of health, “the hospital for some time now has been making efforts to acquire some essential equipments for trauma case management, but due to resource constraints, we are unable to do much. This is because, the equipments for trauma and orthopaedic case management are expensive. I am therefore, making a special appeal to the Ministry to re-equip the case management to enable us function fully as envisaged.”