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At the invitation of the Uganda Ministry of Health (MoH) technical team, Thursday 5th September 2019, the developers presented the functionalities provided by helecare2x. The functionality presented include the patient registration where varies fields are captured. The ability to capture different patient identities fascinated the MoH team.
Then rich set of measurements that capture Middle upper Arm Circumference (MUAC), Body Mass Index (BMI), Weight, Height, Temperature was very interesting to the MoH officials.
They noted the ability to keep all sorts of data accessible to the clinicians in what the helecare team calls the clinicians workspace.
The tight integration between billing, prescriptions, drugs and pharmacy is an exceptional piece of modern software engineering and aesthetics.
A Report that complies with MoH health management information system (HMIS) is an issue very dear to the Ministry of Health. Indeed, Helecare2x scored highly with reports for Outpatients, In Patients, Ante Natal to mention but a few being generated on the fly.
The helecare2x team was represented by Dr Benjamin Kanagwa, who is the chief technical advisor, Mr Jenard Ntacyo, who is the lead health domain technical expert and Mr Geoffery Ojara a helecare2x user advocate currently using Helecare2x with the Benedicts Medical Center.
The ministry of Health Officials emphasized the need to extend helecare2x with enterprise integration technology which the helecare2x team is already testing in beta phase.
TRACKING DRUG EXPIRY DATES IN HOSPITAL PHARMACIES WITH “HELECARE2X” HEALTH MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM.
Gone are the days when hospitals used to record drugs entered in the store in records book, recording of drugs was so formal/ local in that they would design the records book with type of drug/drug name, date of entry, date of manufacture and expiry dates, now what was over whelming was that the stores manager/officer had the responsibility to keep checking in the records book about when drugs would expire.
This seems to be a cheap task if you just read this write up but think about the type of drugs in store assuming they are 1000 type of drugs in store, imagine checking expiry dates for 1000 type of drugs almost every day not forgetting making errors by skipping certain drugs ,failure to understand /note some expiry dates due to poor hand writing of drug entrant and then all the sudden expired drugs issued to patients for medication .
What I can a sure the hospital Admin is that the out come of issuing expired drugs is very inevitable including closure of the health facility .
Why take such risks that can be eliminated once and for all. Thanks to Helecare2x, a user friendly Hospital Management System that included this pharmacy module for tracking drug expiry dates
Normally expiry dates are entered at the time of drug entry in the system in correspondence with manufacture date by the stores officer or any other officer with right system permission to access the pharmacy module who then sets when to be notified either one week to expiry date, Helecare2x pops up a red blinking message every time a responsible officer logs in the system notifying about a certain expiry that is soon if at all there is a drug type that is soon expiring depending on the expiry dates that were set .
Apart from that, Helecare2x keeps track of the of the amount of stock in the store for as long as stock in and stock out is updated in the system, Helecare2x keeps the responsible person updated on the current stock in the store, as soon as a certain type of drug is out of stock,Helecare2x notifies the officer if they try to issue out drug (“drug out of stock”) message shows up so as to perform a stock in fast before issuing out drugs.
Now why face pharmacy management hustles when Helecare2x is 100% open source and supported by a group enthusiastic developers. It is currently used in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Cameroon and many other west African countries. Big thanks to this Health Management Information System “Helecare2x” development Team.
Helecare2x is a master at management of clinics, large hospitals, pharmacies and laboratories.