David Masese, Richard Ngethe, Stanley Njoroge, Lucy Nganga, Lanette Burrows, Bobby Jefferson
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Supply, Chain, Public, Health Informatics, Health Infra-structure and Operating Systems
Supply chain management in healthcare is inefficient and
laborious. In part because tools developed for inventory management of consumables are too simple and ineffective, or, conversely, too detailed, convoluted and costly. Additionally, there is a scarcity of tools that connect inventory management to patient care and program management, through seamless linkage of clinical data collected at patient encounter points, inventory managed by pharmacists and lab managers, and finances controlled by accountants and program managers.
With support from health care providers at partnering
institutions, including the pharmaceutical and supply
chain team at University of Maryland School of Medicine
Kenya, Futures Group has developed a robust open source
electronic medical records system (EMR), IQCare. IQCare is nationally accredited by Kenya National AIDS & STI Control Program as a ‘national’ EMR, to capture data for HIV services within ministry of health treatment facilities. One of IQCare’s major features is a Supply Chain Management Module (SCM). The SCM feature is highly configurable and comprehensive. Organizations can use the SCM to manage any kind of inventory, from drugs to lab reagents to office supplies. Integrated into the SCM is the cost of goods. Aggregated facility expenditures are available in data and graph format in the facility reports of IQCare. These reports include Facility Monthly ARV Summary Report, Commodities and Consumption Data Reports and ARV Patient Summaries.
The SCM has been successfully deployed to manage HIV
related medications in select program supported facilities.
The success and ease of use of the module will justify its
expansion into other, non-HIV related, and health system
strengthening interventions. Close collaboration with
pharmacy experts improved the work flow and data requirements resulting in better acceptance of the SCM.
Improve SCM coverage within health facilities running
IQCare to improve integrated patient management. Modifications should be anticipated as pharmacy/laboratory technicians and others implement the system and identify enhancements to improve usability.