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Ghana Health Service receives 2,500 tablets to support Digitalisation

In the wake of information technology addressing hurdles in the health sector, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has received about 2,590 Samsung Android Tablets, with special inbuilt e-tracking software devices that would support the digitisation of Ghana’s District Health Information Management System (DHIMS-2).

This will help facilitate the sharing of information across the healthcare sector and ensure evidence-based management decision making to promote transparency and accountability.

The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, upon receiving the devices from Samsung Electronics in Accra on Thursday, February 1, 2018, said the gadgets would be deployed in all functional Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) zones in the Upper East, Volta and Eastern regions appropriately.

“The facility would be very useful to frontline health workers in capturing and processing of all data, ensure accuracy and timeliness in informing policy decisions, and aiding in budgeting,” Dr Nsiah-Asare said.

He said the “Rollout of Tablet-Based e-Tracker” is a partnership agreement between the GHS, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Samsung, Evaluate for Health, and the Good Neighbours.

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According to him, all they sought to achieve is to change the old ways of doing things by moving away from the manual register, to a real-time tablet-based digital registry, which would strengthen the planning initiatives at the central level, enable tailored supervision and management at the district level, and reduce inefficiencies in data capture.

Dr Nsiah-Asare lauded the partners but called for support from other organizations for an expansion of the project to other regions to completely replace the paper-based reporting systems.

Mr Kelvin Ntiamoah Sarpong, who is the Head of Mobile at Samsung Electronics explained that the project fell under the company’s Corporate Citizenship Initiative,  believing that, technology has become the order of the day, by enhancing lives and supporting search and listing of people and upcoming events among others.

Mr Kelvin said, the App supports the tracking of persons, captured information while being offline and then upload to the server when connectivity is affected.

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Meanwhile, the Acting Chief of Mission at the US Embassy, Melinda Tabler-Stone has stated that, to accomplish President Akufo-Addo’s “Ghana beyond Aid,” vision in full, there is the need to strengthen information systems with respect to informed decision-making, improved partner coordination as well as building country ownership.

“Similarly, the US Government is increasingly focusing on activities, which build on local capacity and ownership. Better management of health data would lead to improved response at the national level in addressing potential emergencies and epidemics.

“This would enable the Government to invest in resources wisely and help facilitate long-term social and economic development,” Ms. Melinda noted.

In attendance were Mr Sungsoo Kim, the Korean Ambassador to Ghana, leading partners, government officials, among many other stakeholders.

Source: Sammy Adjei || Ghananewsonline.com.gh

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