Accra, Oct. 26 – The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), in collaboration with the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC), has roll-out a national electronic data record-taking project at health facilities.
The “Nursing Project” seeks to abolish the manual record-taking and documentation of patients’ information at health facilities, Mr. Felix Nyanteh, NMC Registrar revealed.
The project in the long term is to increase the accuracy and completeness of nursing documentation, improve workflow, eliminate redundant documentation and automate the collection and reuse of data at the point of care.
Mr Nyanteh made this known when the council took delivery of over 160 computers and accessories provided by GIFEC towards the take-off of the Nursing Project.
“We are grateful to GIFEC for the equipment and the support. The short term targets of the project include networking of selected hospitals, installation and more importantly, the training of nurses and midwives on the use of the software,” he said.
GIFEC presented the desktop computers and Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), worth GH¢ 304,500.00 for the mainstreaming of the project in selected hospitals.
Mr Nyanteh noted that the Nursing project, which began in April 2014, was piloted in selected hospitals that already had basic equipment to commence operations.
They are Achimota Hospital, Holy Trinity Medical Center and La General Hospital in Accra, as well as the VRA Hospital in Akosombo.
He said the pilot phase, for which the equipment were donated, would start with Municipal Hospital in Saltpond, Government Hospital at Half Assini, Tafo Government Hospital in the Kumasi Metropolis, and the Kibi Government Hospital.
The rest are Jaman North Hospital in Sampa, Sisala East District Hospital, Tumu, War Memorial Hospital, Navrongo, and the Achimota Hospital, Accra.
Mr. Kwabena Owusu Akyeampong, GIFEC Administrator who presented the computers described the Nursing Project as a brilliant idea, stressing “it is my hope that all components of the project will be incorporated in the pilot phase, and when successful, it can be made a national policy.
“GIFEC will not relent on our support to the Council, provided the pilot phase is successful,” he said.
Mr Akyeampong explained that the support formed part of GIFEC’s School Connectivity Project, which involves the provision of high speed computers, printers, scanners, projectors and servers to educational institutions while linking them with internet access.
He noted that work on the ICT Policy for Ghana started in October 1998, when a National Communications Policy Conference dubbed, COMPOL ‘98’ involving all stakeholders in the ICT sector was in Accra.
He said the policy document was finalised in October 2000 at Akosombo for the approval of Cabinet.
Mr Kyeampong noted that in September 2001, the government organised another National Communications Policy Conference, which reviewed and updated the Communication Policy Document formulated in 1998.
He said the formulation of a comprehensive ICT Policy, known as Ghana Information and Communication Technology for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD), was completed and the result is what is today referred to as Ghana ICT Policy for Accelerated Development.
The GIFEC Administrator stressed that under the Ghana ICT Policy for Accelerated Development, GIFEC, formerly the Ghana Investment Fund for Telecommunications (GIFTEL)) was created as an implementing Agency of the Ministry of Communications , in January 2004.
GIFEC is mandated to facilitate the provision of ICT, Internet connectivity and infrastructure to underserved and un-served areas of the country.
The Electronic Communications Act 775 promulgated in 2008, gave the legal backing to the Agency, which started operations in January 2005.
GIFEC’s mandate is widened to include the provision of access to electronic services including ICT, broadcasting, internet, multimedia service and basic telephony, by the unserved and underserved communities in Ghana.