Magazine article African Business

Electronic Patient Records Will Boost Health-Care. (Products & Processes)

Magazine article African Business

Electronic Patient Records Will Boost Health-Care. (Products & Processes)

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Remotely-based medical professionals, including GPs and pharmacists, will benefit from EPR (electronic patient record) systems to be installed in South African hospitals. They will be able to access them through a no-charge security encoded link via the Internet on surgery/pharmacy computer equipment.

The new patient-centric EPR systems run on MedTrak and LabTrak software, two products of international healthcare system developer TrakHealth, brought into South Africa by database developer InterSystems, the originator of the cache technology on which TrakHealth's applications are built.

While hospitals and clinics will be the major users of the EPR systems, medical professionals using such medical facilities "will be able to hook into patient information via the Internet on whatever computer equipment they may have in their surgeries," says Kerry Stratton, TrakHealth's MD. "Patient confidentiality will be maintained through a code system that allows only authorised personnel access to their patients' data."

TrakHealth integrates into one point of access all aspects of the hospital process, Stratton points out, from the front office to the back office, patient administration, patient admissions, doctor consultations, nurse deployment, ward admittance, laboratories, radiology, pharmacy, operating theatres and even the kitchen. …

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