Kuunika, a Ministry of Health project, says it is happy with the installation of electronic medical records (EMRs) in Mulanje to help health facilities migrate from storing data in manual registers to computers.
Project manager Kondwani Kuthyola said this on Friday after touring four of the five facilities where the EMRs were installed in June this year.
“We are happy with the progress so far, particularly on the healthcare workers’ ability to handle the electronic devices after the training that was provided. We hope that in due course all medical personnel will be used to them,” he said.
Mulanje District Hospital health promotion officer Innocent Chavinda hailed the initiative, saying it will assist in managing medical data in the district.
“These days we are moving away from storing data in hard copies to digital form. This will help health workers to serve patients faster,” he said.
M’biza Health Centre data clerk Kelvin Aligundia said he is now able to serve more patients in a short time using the EMRs.
EMRs are systems designed to collect patients’ data from the manual records and store it in electronic form.
Kuunika Project is a Ministry of Health Initiative being implemented through a consortium of four institutions such as Light House Trust, Baobab Health Trust, I-Tech, Luke International-Norway and CooperSmith as technical advisors.
The project is being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.