The Center has developed and successfully implemented an Electronic Medical Record System (EMR) known as TenaCareEMR. EMR is an information system that enables health facilities to capture, store, analyze and communicate patient’s health information in an electronic format. TenaCareEMR promotes health service delivery activities by providing quality data to care providers and health facility administrators. This allows all involved in a given facility readily access in real time the right data to make evidence based clinical and administrative decisions, ultimately ensuring better, efficient and evidence based health/treatment outcomes.
Medical practice is highly dependent on team work as two or more health care providers can be involved in a patient’s treatment. The EMR system have improved smooth and timely communication amongst all health care professionals on patient matters that is, starting from the registration Data Clerk, all involved in patients care such as Laboratory Technologists/Technicians, Pharmacists, Nurses and Physicians can exchange patient information instantly in real time. Some of the major information categories captured during the patient’s visit to an outpatient and inpatient scenarios includes personal, demographic, clinical, financial and administrative data. TenaCare-EMR(version 2.0) has a number of the above features.
TenaCareEMR not only support health providers maintain continuity of care by improving communications amongst all involved but it also helps health facilities reduce medical errors. Additionally, one of the benefits of medical record system is its ability to assist care providers with alert messages or reminders in order to minimize medical errors. For instance, if a patient is known to be allergic to penicillin and recorded to the patient database, alert message will be displayed during an attempt of prescribing penicillin related medications to the same patient.
TenaCareEMR provides automated abstract registers, cohort reports and other statistical and analytics reports that will assist facilities measure clinical service quality against set of indicators and allows Big Data analysis.
TenaCareEMR is an integral part of TenaCare Suite that features other e and m health applications that includes automatic SMS notification to designated number(s) of selected high priority diseases occurrence and automated HMIS report generation and exchange of report to appropriate reporting hierarchy.