Africa: Zambia adopts SmartCare system
By Brittany Greenquist, RYOT News
Africa has never been a stranger to disease. We hear stories regularly of heartbreaking outbreaks amongst villages and provinces. However Zambia’s Ministry of Health and the U.S. Center for Disease Control is taking a proactive step in changing this reality.With the help of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system designed in Africa for Africans, SmartCare is improving the community’s health.
SmartCare acts as a replacement for paper records. Typically a patient’s medical history can be difficult to maintain, whether the patient loses it or files go missing. The SmartCare system not only acts as a portable-digital medical history making it easier for medical personal to treat patients, it also allows clinicians to discover disease outbreaks quickly.
Despite minor flaws, the SmartCare system has advanced Zambia’s healthcare system by leaps and bounds. The system also offers a touch screen Graphical User Interface (GUI) for easy data entry by clinicians, along with an easy download to patient’s smart cards. SmartCare’s vision states: “Everyone will have continuity of care whenever and wherever they need it.”