Benefits

Benefits

1    USE OF SYSTEM TO BENEFIT PATIENTS
•    Accurate measuring of height/weight/arm circumference allows easy and accessible monitoring of nutrition over time.
•    Computer records of immunization is more accurate than hand held alternatives ensuring better prevention from infectious disease
•    Increased confidentiality as staff access data on screen not passed by word of mouth.
•    Safer prescriptions from onscreen instructions
•    Encourages follow up and monitoring of prolonged or chronic illness.
•    Better understanding of illness as patient’s questions can be answered more accurately from access to consultation documented on screen.

2    USE OF SYSTEM TO BENEFIT STAFF
•    The system is simple to use Two days training even for people new to computers
•    Time saved when patient returns as only recognition required
•    Time saved as immediate access to previous data which also encourages better care.
•    Continual professional development through case review and clinical searches
•    Provides evidence of benefit of care

3    USE OF SYSTEM TO BENEFIT CLINIC
•    Provides evidence to prove clinic changing health of community/individual
Provides evidence to prove use of evidence based care and protocol adherence
•    Saves money through downward pressure on prescribing costs and reduction of ad-hoc test requests
•    Better staff moral through enhanced continual professional development
•    Saves time on searches and essential reports done in minutes not days.

4    USE OF SYSTEM TO BENEFIT COMMUNITY
•    Better health care benefits community economically
•    Increasing health promotion e.g. through increasing immunization rates increased herd immunity of population
•    Computer searches to isolate areas of disease hotspots allows targeted health intervention. E.g. increased malaria in a village may need help or encouragement to increase use of sleep nets

5    USE OF SYSTEM TO BENEFIT THE COUNTRY
•    Downward pressure on drug budgets saves money
•    Accurate data reporting helps develop appropriate health services.
•    Academic research through Access of data by outside agencies can lead to health improvement
•    Accurate monitoring of clinical activity

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