Institute to begin electronic health records for HIV patients


The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) in collaboration with Seam Health Innovations would inaugurate Electronic Health Records (EHR) to improve quality management and effective monitoring for people living with HIV.

The Director, Strategic Information of IHVN, Dr. Ahmed Zakiyyah said this in a press statement in Abuja.

Aliyu said that the inauguration ceremony was scheduled for February 26, adding that EHR will be implemented in four health institutes.

He listed the institutes as in three states of Kano, Nasarawa and Federal Capital Territory.
He said that the inauguration of real-time e-clinics in the four facilities will eliminate the use of paper documentation and promote data quality and integrity.

He said the exercise would be conducted at the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), Idu, and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) Gwagwalada.

Also, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia, and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano, are other health facilities selected for the exercise.

He said the introduction of real time clinical documentation for patients would last for one month, between February 23 and March 23.

He said the project would lead to greater efficiency in handling patient information and reduce the errors in documentation and prescriptions given to patients.

“The hospitals involved will receive laptops, printers and internet support for smooth transition from paper to electronic documentation,” he said.

Aliyu expressed optimism that the support provided would motivate the healthcare providers to embrace the change from manual to electronic systems of documentation and records, which currently was the global norm.

He called on the management of the facilities to ensure optimal use of the support, provide adequate security for the equipment and maintain confidentiality of patients’ information.

“The project is also expected to give healthcare workers easy access to patient information.

“It will also increase their proficiency in monitoring, counseling patients and encourage evidence-based strategies that are tailored to the needs of patients,’’ he said.

Aliyu quoted the Managing Partner, Seam Health Innovations, Dr Adetola Olateju ,as saying that in preparation for the launch, an assessment of infrastructural gaps at each facility was done effectively.

He said the assessment was to ensure that all systems meet the requirement.

According to him, staff training, workflow dry runs are being carried out for possible smooth transition.

“The system also has security settings to ensure that only those authorised have access to patients’ information,” he said.

The director also noted that IHVN first deployed Open Medical Records System (OMRS), an Electronic Medical Record System and e-mobile supportive supervision tool in 2012 at supported facilities.

He added that the purpose of the deployment was to improve and strengthen patient management and monitoring.