The Ministry of Health implements digital and Paperless medical services in district referral hospitals.
A team from the Ministry of Health led by the Permanent Secretary, Dr.Diana Atwine and Director of Health Services, Dr Henry Mwebesa earlier this week conducted an inspection visit of Masaka Regional Referral hospital.
The set of 400 bed maternal and child health facility is expected to be ready and commence duties by the end of November.
According to the ministry’s spokesperson, Emmanuel Ainebyona, the government of Uganda in conjunction with funding from the Global Fund has spearheaded the advancement of referral hospitals countrywide.
Ainebyona mentioned that so far at least ten referral hospitals have been equipped with computers and laptops to implement digital platforms for the hospitals to store delicate information and keep records.
‘’Ten RRH Hospitals have received computers and laptops to implement the integrated Health facilities management information to implement paperless medical services,’’ Ainebyona said.
According to Dr Diana Atwine who procured the equipment procurement, the initiative is aimed at digitalizing the country’s health care units to improve efficiency.
She explained that the Ministry is moving to Paperless Medical Services which will be piloted in all Regional Referral Hospitals using Computer Intelligence.
Atwine also said that although everyone’s focus now is on the coronavirus pandemic, the health ministry continues to support patient-centeredness with all other diseases and emergencies also in mind.
She further said that the initiative will boost capacity for lower health units to be in a position to deal with emergencies on their own and not always refer them to the big and well-established centres.
“Because of our patients, we won’t just sit in office but traverse in districts to ensure continuity of care amidst a pandemic,’’ Atwine said while addressing district health officers and health workers at Mbarara RRH on Wednesday.
‘’Many lower health units are taking on a trend of referring minor cases upwards, that they can manage at their levels. This should be checked as its choking higher facilities with congestion of patients, thus affecting the quality of health services.’’
Meanwhile, the team also visited and assessed the call and dispatch centre set up with support from KOFIH to enhance the Emergency Medical Response in Masaka region.
Other regions that have since benefited from digital support include Soroti. The MOH earlier on donated a consignment of 45 laptops and 25 desktops to Soroti district referral hospital which will be distributed across various units and departments in the hospital.