The Lagos State eHealth project; an Interactive Hospital Information System Software is being implemented by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Science & Technology in some of the State owned hospital facilities. The Health Management Information System (HMIS) project is a broad based modular Hospital Administration System Database solution that allows the operational procedures and patients’ flow in a health facility to be harmonized thus ensuring prompt and effective healthcare delivery.
The project which is in furtherance of the state government’s vision of promoting effective service delivery is being implemented in phases to involve all state owned secondary and tertiary health facilities. The pilot phase commenced fully on the 5th January, 2009 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, (LASUTH), General Hospitals Isolo and Lagos and is currently in its second phase which involves 10 General Hospitals as follows:
• General Hospital Alimosho
• General Hospital Badagry
• General Hospital Ikorodu
• General Hospital Epe
• General Hospital Somolu
• General Hospital Surulere
• Lagos island Maternity Hospital
• General Hospital Gbagada
• General Hospital Orile Agege
• General Hospital Ajeromi
With this system in place, any patient in a Lagos State hospital will be registered on a central computer server and since it is an integrated system, the doctors treating a patient will have simultaneous access to the up-to-date medical records and treatment information. The links to the diagnostic modules ensures tests can be ordered by doctors online while results can be returned via the same channel.
The system comes with a complete billing system that will ensure proper accounting and transparency. The reporting and statistics has also been built to conform to international standards. The solution is web based and is being complemented with a wide area computer network linking all the hospitals. Authorization levels would be determined for all relevant workers to ensure patient confidentiality.