The now outdated paper record system in the country’s health sector is set to be eliminated and replaced with an automated real time data processing system.
This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Seven Seas Technologies, Monday, September 17, 2018 at JKUAT Main Campus.
According to the partnership documents, the collaboration aims to strengthen the healthcare ICT capacity, healthcare planning, service delivery and improve decision making.
The partnership is expected to oversee the establishment of a Center of Excellence at JKUAT to foresee the training of health practitioners on modular courses, while conducting nation and county gap analysis to aid in capacity building and monitor the implementation of the project.
The CEO, Seven Seas Technologies, Mr. Mike Macharia, said the automated system will drastically improve the healthcare system by reducing the backlog in hospitals while increasing the number of patients being served in a day.
“The health Information system will relieve the hospitals from overcrowding while making it easy for doctors to easily access the background of a patient’s information,” said Mr. Macharia.
He further said, with the first batch of 100 hospitals targeted, hospitals are set to receive a big boost in processing paperwork with the National Hospital Insurance Fund projecting an instant improvement from weeks to a few days.
In her remarks, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi, lauded the partnership which she noted, was the first of its kind in Africa and called upon the health sector to embrace the revolution while pledging her support towards the project.
“We are happy to be part of this revolutionary partnership and you can count on the utmost support of the management. We encourage our colleges to aim even higher and I specifically welcome the other African countries to join in and make the health sector even better,” said Prof. Ngumi.
Present during the signing ceremony was the Dean, School of Public Health, Prof. Simon Karanja, Dean, School of Medicine Dr. Reuben Thuo, Director Linkages, Dr. Kaibui Muikamba and the University Legal Officer, Ms. Vivian Nyambura.