Health: patient records being computerised

2011-09-01 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Health Department has embarked on a programme to computerise medical record keeping to prevent the loss of files in public hospitals.

The department said that during this financial year it is installing and upgrading Meditech Software that will allow full electronic patient record keeping.

Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, said this work represents the first stages of establishing a single electronic medical record (EMR) system for the province.

“For patients, there is an assurance that their files will no longer get lost or be misplaced and laboratory results will be kept for life and it will certainly make the queues move along speedily.”

Health spokesperson, Chris Maxon, said they plead with patients for co-operation and there will be people assisting and providing all the necessary information.

He also added that all patients can be assured that strict access policies are in place and the confidentiality of their records is assured.

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