HOSPITAL INFO SYSTEM, ‘A HUB OF HEALTH FACILITIES’ INFORMATION’
‘Hospital Info System’ is aimed at supporting the Tanzanian government improve health sector, two youths from Dar es Salaam, have currently launched a health system application that would enable users to get quick access to facilities through their mobile phones and smart devices.
What is HOSPITAL INFO SYSTEM?
The ‘Hospital Info System’ can inform the users where can access different health services and the days those services are offered at different health facilities.
The users can get the services via an Android mobile application, web application and text messages for free (only incurring normal charges from their mobile operators), adding currently it is on trial at Kyela, Mbeya City and Ilala districts.
“Through this, citizens can get such information as the name of health facilities, short description of the facility, location, ownership, services offered at the facility and the cost, working hours and health insurance schemes accepted at the facility,” said Dr Jackson Ilangali (project team leader)
Benefits of HOSPITAL INFO SYSTEM
He explained further that, for example, someone is in Ilala and he is wondering where Ilala district can he get a CT scan? The system can tell the prices of the service in those facilities where is available, the days which the mentioned facilities offer the service, the cost and a description of the service.
The idea which was created by two young people, Dr Ilangali, a medical doctor and Innocent Mbulang’hulu Kateba, an experienced software engineer earlier this year, after observing people travelling far distances looking for facilities and once they reached the facility they found the service is not available.
Dr Ilangali added that through the application, a user will be able to make an informed decision which facility he should visit for a particular service after receiving information on where the required service is offered, including the price, and a short description of the service.
The two young people received the grant from Data for Local impact (DLI), and during the implementation of the idea, they started with market validation, whereby they went out and interviewed 150 people in Mbeya about the idea, whether such a system will be useful, and also whether they will be willing to pay for it.
According to him, “majority of people, 93 percent said that the system will be very useful, and out of them, 70 percent responded they will be willing to pay between Sh150 and Sh200 per a single use for using the system,” However they later on decided that the service will be free to the end users.
Their project has positive response as for the stages of testing more than 150 people are using the application. “After the completion of the system, we are planning to invite different health stakeholders who are willing to work with us to make the service continue to be free for the end users,”
Published as submitted by Dr. Jackson Ilangali