UNIZIK researchers design software for electronic health record, integrated with drug information system

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Indeed, the good old saying that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation cannot be gainsaid. For us in Nigeria, it means that every effort being made by Nigerians to build a wealthy nation will be efforts in futility if they fail to get the health system right. One of the major issues in our health care system is in the area of medical records viz: patient’s medical history, drugs and reactions  etc. In many hospitals, patient records are still done manually in this digital age, and most times, flawed with grave consequences sometimes.

By Ebele Orakpo

UNIZIK’S E-PRIDIS in response to this need in the health sector, some researchers in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State, designed the Electronic Patient Record with Integrated Drug Information System (E-PRIDIS) software.

According to the researchers, to achieve success in patient assessment and monitoring, all relevant information must be gathered and organised.

How it works

“E-PRIDIS is a locally designed software suitable for Nigerian environment. It makes data collection  in healthcare institutions easier. The uniqueness of this electronic medical record (EMR) is that it is interfaced with the laboratory, pharmacy and radiology systems so that data are available real time with minimal delays. Furthermore, the integration of Drug Information System, DFI, which could be used in checking instant drug interactions and other related information would help to improve patient safety. ”

Its availability in hospitals, clinics, and institutional settings, could be used to improve providers’ performance, quality and continuity of care, and the availability of data.”

Some functions of EPRIDIS

The researchers named some of the functions to include: Cross referencing patient allergy to a medication; providing alerts for drug interactions and contraindications; providing cautionary information as well as additional information such as pregnancy and lactating status about drug used.

Benefits of E-PRIDIS

They noted that the  ultimate importance of E-PRIDIS is the improvement in quality and convenience of patient care and the design to share information from all providers involved in patient care. Others include checking drug interaction; reducing medical error; improvement in compliance with formularies and dosing guidelines; standardization of ordering process; improved satisfaction among patients and clinicians; reduction of paper and paper-based processes; reduction of length of stay (LOS);  improved quality; improved coordination of care and improved productivity.

 

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