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Ministry Of Health Launches Electronic Health (E-paper) Paperless Services

MINISTRY OF HEALTH LAUNCHES ELECTRONIC HEALTH (e-paper) paperless services at the UTH Mother and Newborn Hospital with help from Cooperation Partners.

THE Ministry of Health with technical assistance from SMART Zambia (e-Government Division, Office of the President) and cooperating partners CDC and Broadreach of the United States Government has launched the electronic health (e-health) paperless services at the Mother and Newborn Hospital at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).

Minister of Health Dr. CHITALU Chilufya said at the ceremony that he delighted that the service has now started and that it will enable health providers at the hospital to now attend to patients quickly from the time they come to register, be seen by doctors, and all the way to the pharmacy to pick up the prescribed drugs. Patients will be given a smart card at registration and no need for files to move from one department to another.

“All patient’s details will be In the system and health givers will simply access these details using their login details. In addition, now such data will be secure and remain strictly confidential as no unauthorized personnel will have access to the data as compared to paper based data. ” He said.

And Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet Dr. Martine Mtonga who is SMART Zambia National Coordinator said that his division is happy to work very closely with the ministry of health who described as the first born ministry of eGovernment policy that President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has rolled out in the country. Dr. Mtonga said that his Institute has started rolling out SMART Zambia phase two project and they have started implementing the e- health strategy.

So far a pilot has been actualised by implementing smart health in 24 clinics in Livingstone, the new Chipata District Hospital in Eastern province. Surveys have also been done in 44 clinics of Chipata City which also be connected to the SMART Zambia link and become paperless. Arthur Davison Children Hospital in Ndola is also being piloted.

SMART ZAMBIA will thereafter learn from the lessons of these pilot programs, remove any bugs which will be found and therafter institutionalize the SMARTCare system and roll in out in Provincial hospitals and all district hospitals.

The system will be hosted in the Secure Government cloud at the national data Centre. Dr. Mtonga says it is an exciting moment in the history of Zambia’s health facilities working as service delivery is being made easy by using technology being deployed by SMART Zambia.

(source: Chunga Manzi, Executive Assistant at SMART Zambia).

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