By Kinya Kaunjuga
If you could save lives by giving frontline medical clinics more time to treat more patients, how would you do it? Banda Health asks the healthcare teams who run those clinics.
For instance, recently clinics told us that it takes them an entire day or two to complete just one government monthly report, the MOH 705.
Digging through their large paper registers, categorizing, counting and recording the diagnoses can take up to 16 hours or more each month.
They understand how important the Ministry of Health (MOH) reports are for making evidence-based national health policies but the manual reporting process consumes precious time that can be used to care for patients.
Was there something we could do to speed up that process?
It’s taken Banda two steps to help them solve this challenge.
First, in August our programmers released an upgrade to our system (BandaGo) which makes it easy for clinics to record best practice ‘coded diagnoses’ at every patient visit. So clinics can type common informal spellings of a diagnosis and BandaGo helps them pick the formally recognized right diagnosis code instantly.
Second, our data scientist has created an electronic version of the government report, using the coded diagnoses to automatically generate the MOH 705 on a clinic’s computer. The automated report, once released in BandaGo in the next few weeks, will reduce 16 hours of work to 6 minutes or less every month – depending on how fast the healthcare teams can click!
Through improving BandaGo, technology is actively helping frontline medical clinics continue to provide good healthcare for those living in slums, informal settlements and remote villages. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us, we couldn’t do it without you!