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Comrades invent paperless system for public hospitals


Two University of Nairobi students have innovated a system that seeks to help public hospitals make their medical services paperless. Victor Ireri and Clarence Rugar are the brains behind the innovation that seeks to do away with use books or papers by patients seeking medical services in hospitals.The health management information system dubbed ‘Biodata’ stands out as a platform where health practitioners can access information about the patient from the hospital’s integrated system.“Biodata was developed to solve the challenges arising from filing and paperwork management such as loss of critical information and confidentiality issues. It provides the ability to manage patient data centrally, reducing the time spent on filing and analysing patient paperwork,” said Ireri, a sixth-year medical student.He says they created the platform as a result of the research they conducted from hospitals.“Biodata is the product of a two-year collaboration between a team of medical students, their lecturers and software developers around the world,” he said.“The seed to develop this powerful system was initially sown during a field visit to a nearby health facility where the medical students were tasked with performing a facility audit and developing a situational analysis of the health system.”Rugar, another sixth-year student, said they also noted that there was a need to come up with a system that could keep track of updated available medicine in the hospitals.  “We embarked on curating a digital solution. A product that would streamline clinical operations to enable online, secure and confidential access to administrative, financial and clinical records,” Rugar added.

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