Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital AKTH has commenced the use of Electronic Medical Record EMR in its effort to digitalise its services in the hospital and ensure effective service delivery in the health sector in Kano state.
In a statement signed by Maryam Lawal Imam an Information Officer at the hospital says one of the objectives of the exercise was to actualize the Federal Ministry of health’s paperless policy by conforming to the global standard of electronic health information management system.
The statement quoted Dr. Bukar A. Grema, the Chairman National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS of the state explaining that the hospital’s unit of the scheme and Retainership units have started using EMR, as they work towards advancing it to all the other clinics in the hospital.
Dr. Grema further stated that the new development will bring benefits to both patients and staff of the hospital especially in reducing waiting time for consultation, congestions at service areas and issues of missing folders.
He thanked the management of the hospital for providing computers, gadgets and all the needed support to commence the services.
Also speaking, the Deputy Director Audit and Revenue, Malam Kabiru Murtala and chairman Hospital Digitalization Committee disclosed that the Health Information Management System is a software developed by the management of AKTH with the intention of reducing costs incurred by the hospital in the printing of consultation papers, laboratory forms, prescription sheets, as well as ease the process of service delivery to both patients and staff.
Malam Kabiru revealed that the family medicine department in conjunction with the Information Technology unit has organized a sensitization training for the stakeholders to avail them on the software application, stressing that this will go a long way in alleviating the challenges faced by patients.
Electronic Medical Records EMRs are the digital equivalent of paper records or charts at a clinician’s office which typically contain general information such as treatment and medical history about a patient as it is collected by the individual medical practice