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By Sujeeb Rajbhandari | 21 May, 2017

Information technology in health is certainly an asset, especially for a third world country like Nepal. We can share our activities and discussion among different health related people.



A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Moderator Replied at 7:56 AM, 21 May 2017

Sujeeb, the sharing of knowledge and experiences is wonderful and critical for success. So her is a sharing for you. Terry

Sujeeb Rajbhandari Replied at 8:33 PM, 21 May 2017

Thanks Prof for the promt response. We are also trying to develop a
software for our hospital to keep record and data base of our patients.

Bhupendra Kumar Basnet Replied at 8:56 PM, 21 May 2017

IT is the most essential part of managing health at present.

Dirk von Delft Replied at 8:32 AM, 22 May 2017

Good day.

I wonder if anyone on the forum has a good suggestion for a database. I
work as a paediatric surgeon in Cape Town South Africa. Our hopsital has
reasonable IT facilities but we are still paper based in most areas.
1) I am looking to build a database for some pathologies that are of
particular interest to me and our department. This is to enable me to
prospectively track the patients' progress and follow-up and later have
access to the details. Does anyone have a suggestions?

2) In addition our surgical operative notes are still hand written and
this is filed as a paper sheet into the patient's folder. This often goes
missing. Apart from logbook apps, does anyone on the forum have a
suggestion or experience with an electronic alternative?

Ronald Munjoma Replied at 9:03 AM, 22 May 2017

Dear Dirk,

Please take a look at GNU Health - http://health.gnu.org/

Here is a link to a presentation he did recently:

I have copied Luis Falcon the lead developer.

Xavier Morelle Replied at 9:19 AM, 22 May 2017

Dear Dirk,

We are a social startup developing a HMS.

DataToCare, our software is patient centric and provides a patient medical record.
We currently develop a solution for the physician to record their consultation on a timeline.

If you double click on the consultation, you will have access to all the details you stored during that visit (anamnesis, diagnostics, and medication).

I guess we could help you on both points you raised.
We can help you to set up the database you wish to have. We would do it at no charge.
Check us out at www.savics.org and do not hesitate to contact us if we can help !

Dirk von Delft Replied at 9:44 AM, 22 May 2017

Thanks Xavier. I will have a look and get back to you.

Much appreciated

A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Moderator Replied at 5:10 PM, 22 May 2017

Dirk, please contact Chris Seegbrets in Cape Town/Johannesburg using
You can mention my name.

Mohammad Ullah Replied at 4:38 AM, 23 May 2017

Dear Sujeeb,

OpenMRS could be a good option if you are looking for open source tools which is cost effective. Bahmni (OpenMRS as a platform) is being used by two hospital (Charikot PHC in dolakha and Byalpata hospital in acham) supported by Possible health. You can visit those hospital to see real time implementation.
We are from GIZ is providing support to Ministry of health Nepal on developing a generic version of EMR which can be used by any district hospital in Nepal. We will also provide support to implement the software in Nuwakot district hospital.

Sujeeb Rajbhandari Replied at 9:12 PM, 25 May 2017

Thanks Mr. Ullah,
I have visited Charikot way long time back (about 25 yrs ago). It is a
hilly region situated at the North East of Kathmandu. Can you shed a light
on Bahmni (Open MRS)? In our hospital (Shahid Gangalal National Heart
Centre), we are on process of developing a Patient based software for data
keeping and utilzing ICD CODE.

Mohammad Ullah Replied at 11:59 PM, 25 May 2017

Dear Mr Sujeeb,

Thanks for your reply. Please visit this link to see the list of features provided by bahmni, https://www.bahmni.org/feature-list/
Also you can see a demo of the software online in that website.
This also collects clinical data which is mapped with ICD 10 codes as well as other medical standard code (i.e SNOMED, LOINC, etc). In charikot and byalpata hospital they are using most of the features supported by bahmni (i.e patient registration, clinical service, Billing, laboratory, IPD, Stock management, radiology etc).
Please let me know if you need further information.

Sujeeb Rajbhandari Replied at 3:58 AM, 28 May 2017

I will soon go through it.

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