IT Gurus have once again gathered in the Lake-shore District of Mangochi showcasing innovations targeting various sectors.
The setting is Sunbird Nkopola where the old and new have blended appreciating new and existing innovations.
Baobab Health Trust -BHT a leading Health Tech Institution is among those showcasing various innovations. This time BHT is showcasing two of its many Electronic Medical Record Systems innovations namely the Laboratory Information Management System LIMS and the Antiretroviral Therapy System.
LIMS was designed to improve the management, storage and reporting of laboratory data. , improvement of laboratory processes and timely availability of reports.
The system is also potentially improving the availability of HIV and AIDS related indicators such as the early infant diagnosis and viral load.
LIMS is being piloted in Malawi’s four major health facilities ; Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Southern Blantyre, Zomba Central Hospital in the Eastern part, Mzuzu Central Hospital in the North and Kamuzu Central Hospital in capital Lilongwe with high prospects of scale up to other facilities .
The LIMS innovation is capable of managing all kinds of Laboratory orders and has so far helped in enhancing the national ART program whose electronic system is on BHT network
The ART Electronic Medical Records System is aimed at improving the management , treatment , monitoring and prevention of HIV AIDS which is also linked to the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals for eradicating the HIV epidemic.
The ART system has been deployed in over 100 health facilities conducting ART clinics and the target is to hit 132 sites by end of October, 2017.
The government of Malawi through the Ministry of health recognizes the the two innovations as National Programs with proven potential of improving health-care services in the country.
Asked on why Baobab participates in such meetings , Director of Engineering at Baobab Health Alex Gondwe said Baobab has tested and tried ICT solutions for Malawi’s health sector and they feel obliged to share with the rest of the world how the systems are enhancing delivery of health services in the country.
“ So far we have developed over twenty (20) modules being used by both government and some CHAM facilities here in Malawi and we update them continuously because we have to be responsive and meet the desired standards and expectations on the market” Said Gondwe.
Key hardware components used in the system include the J2 touchscreen monitor, scanner, printer , power chargers and Batteries which keeps the system afloat for over 48 hours in case of blackouts.