Health Institutions To Start Taking Digital Records Of Patients

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Local public health institutions are expected to start digitally storing patients’ information. The project is expected to start in the next 6 months and will be carried out by “experts” from the UAE and Estonia.

The foreign experts will first complete assessments at the health institutions where they will “see how the proposed system will connect with other systems already in place.”

The system will work in such a way that when a patient goes to a hospital and shares their information with that institution during admission, the records will then be accessible by other departments in that and other health institutions across the country.

The Herald’s report claims that the system will come with the following benefits:

  • Government will be able to access statistics, record and monitor different disease burdens
  • Patients will no longer have to narrate their medical history to practitioners

Whilst it’s great that health records will be digitised, one question I have when I see an announcement of this nature is, “don’t we have local talent that can make these systems?”

These are the same question’s that have been asked when Sasai and Vaya were launched by a private company, so it’s not just the government that doesn’t seem to think these things should be built locally.



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  1. Critical Thinking 101

    These should be done by local developers e.g zimexapps.
    Plus the issue of data privacy should be considered. Becoz ukanakirwa nechimoko uri doc unogona kungoona marecords ake kuti ungoziva. saka it is very tricky

    1. Farai Mudzingwa

      True pa data privacy apo panonetsa. Especially in Zim where there are no consequences for these things