The Government to Integrate Health Records for Efficiency

Information, Communications and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has said the government will put in place an Integrated Health Records Information System in both private and public health service providers across the country.

The CS stated that the digital system will provide a single platform for accessing information on patients from across the country.

Mr. Mucheru explained that all health facilities would be inter-connected so that the medical personnel can easily access the records of those seeking services.

The government intends to achieve the universal health coverage in the period of five years and so ICT is an enabler in this initiative, he observed while addressing delegates at the fifth annual devolution conference in Kakamega on Wednesday.

He added that the Electronic Medical Records will provide real time referral information to enable the doctors to offer quick service.

The integrated records system will boost effectiveness and efficiency in the health sector and hence enhance service delivery, he asserted.

He added that the system will incorporate the use of biometrics to get the details of the patients.

The insurance information, he said, from both public and private service providers, will be available on a single platform.

He observed that the ICT ministry aims at providing an infrastructure that will enhance service delivery in the public sector.

Source: Kenya News Agency