Health care providers will now monitor patients of who are HIV positive on an online platform, the ministry of health announced on Monday. This is following the launch of the national electronic medical records warehouse and revised HIV monitoring and evaluation tool. Jackson Kioko, acting director of medical services, speaking during the launch of the data platform, said that there is need to integrate all health systems.
He said this will enable the tracking of the health status of every Kenyan.
“There are over 2700 health facilities offering HIV care and anti-retroviral therapy services in the country. A third of these sites have electronic medical records installed in HIV clinics for provision of HIV follow up services,” Kioko said.
Kioko added that the data stored in the platform will also help in formulating better policies and strategies for the health sector. Dr Jane Wamicwe from the National Aids and STI control Program said there was a need to have the national unique patient identifier.
This is any alphanumeric code used to uniquely identify a patient within a health register or a health records system.
“As digitization of the healthcare system increases, issues around data exchange and medical records exchange make patient identification more challenging than ever,” Wamicwe said.
In the absence of a unique patient identifier system, doctors use a patient’s name and date of birth to identify them. These poses difficulties owing to the hundreds or thousands of identical or similar names and dates in electronic medical records systems.