Dr. Diana Atwine: We must automate and digitize the Health Sector

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The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr.Diana Atwine has met with the team from Integrated Intelligent Computer System(IICS) that is implementing the automotive integrated Health Monitoring System (iHMIS).

The team, led by the Principal Investigator Dr.Silver Kiyimba briefed her on the progress of the system that has so far been installed in 10 Regional Refferal Hospitals and is set to automate 66 more health facilities this year.

IHMIS-under Ministry of ICT and National Guidance is a Government of Uganda- Initiative intended to automate and digitize the health system. It monitors timely interface with hospital administrators and other users, tracks attendance, monitors drug stocks and patient-doctor consultation time and alerts the hospital Management on key issues as expiry of drugs or requisition of new stock while enforcing accountability-among others. 

The IICS is supported by NITA-U and Ministry of Health.

The PS cautioned on low user-ability and adaptability by some of the Hospital administrators who she said, must adopt to digital change without fail.

 “Solutions of our health system will be solved by a much needed smarter process, and therefore this system is not optional” she said.

Atwine said the IICS technical team had ably demonstrated which hospital teams had adopted to the digital usage. 

Last week, 22 young scientists were sent to the field to retrain hospital administrators and staff on effective usage of the system.

“Help me transform the sector. This is my dream; this is the dream of our country, to have better services for all. We must therefore put a new performance target with evidence based tangible results”, she added. 

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Present at the meeting was the Director General-Ministry of Health, Dr. Henry Mwebesa and other officials who joined in from the field on zoom.

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