Public health records initiative launched
The Public Health Record System and the National Pregnancy SMS system was officially launched at the Okuryangava Clinic last week by Hon Joel Kapaanda, Minister of Information and Communication Technology with the support of The Namibian Prototype Core Committee (PCC), the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Kudus Technologies founder, Joe Kahorongo and his team initiated the project which aims to ease the capturing of data at health centers and clinics and will assist the move to an efficient and practical health information exchange infrastructure.
The National Pregnancy SMS system is designed to inform pregnant women, especially those who are unable to see a nurse or doctor on a weekly basis on the progress of their pregnancy. A trial period for both systems will run until 31 December 2014 at the Okuryangava Clinic.
Mr Stanley Shanapinda, Chief Executive Officer of CRAN and Chairperson of the Prototyping Core Committee said the challenges that young entrepreneurs face are access to appropriate and productive technology, lack of managerial and financial skills but above all, lack of mentorship and business support, therefore the PCC aims to assist entrepreneurs in the ICT sector in acquiring these skill as well as helping them to connect with potential investors.
“The launch of these two systems will enable the transition of the Namibian Health Sector to an integrated health care system that will provide excellent health care in an effective and efficient manner.”