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Sanford Health Recognized for Electronic Medical Records in Ghana

by Vince Matinde
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In the past few years, the health landscape across Africa has been embracing technology in terms of patient record management.

This has been a positive move as it has assisted medical practitioners, collect patient data through mobile devices in rural Africa. This means that the medical healthcare service is reaching those previously unreached.

This year’s InformationWeek 500 has recognized one such organization in Ghana, Sanford Health.

Sanford Health was recognized this year because of the development and implementation of electronic medical records (EMRs) at its clinic locations in Ghana, Africa.

Before the implementation of electronic medical records, existing processes were completely paper-based. The conversion to EMR reduced registration time and improved patient follow up.

“Bringing an EMR to these clinics immediately presented a multitude of technical and social challenges, and resolving these challenges required some creative efforts to assure success,” said Arlyn Broekhuis, Sanford Health’s chief information officer.

“Intensive work and everyone’s willingness made this project an incredible success. While our team is grateful for this recognition, the real winners with the project are our patients in Ghana.”

The annual InformationWeek 500 recognizes companies and organizations that use technology, strategies and investments in the use of information.

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