With funding from PEPFAR through CDC, Zim-TTECH managed to attend the recently ended OpenHIE conference in Lilongwe Malawi. The conference had representation from over 33 countries, most of which had developed and implemented digital health systems with open-source software and standards.
Zimbabwe team was represented by cadres from the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zim-TTECH EHR Technical Team, VitalWave and EGPAF.
Zim-TTECH participated in the technical workshop and successfully demonstrated the Impilo E-HR, and several delegates visited the showcase. The
One of the key topics which were of great interest to Zim-TTECH at the conference was the Client Registry (CR), which is part of the system that stores information about individuals who are receiving healthcare services. This information includes demographic data such as name, address, date of birth, and contact details and can be used to improve healthcare delivery by providing accurate and up-to-date information about patients.
Patient matching is another key topic that was discussed, which is the process of identifying patients across different healthcare systems using their demographic data. This is a pertinent component required in the Impilo Digital Health Platform for ensuring that patients receive appropriate care and that their medical records are accurate and complete. It was also noted that most African countries are moving towards the adoption of biometrics to improve patient matching. The facility registry is another key component of health information exchange. A facility registry is a database that stores information about healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. During the conference, experts discussed how facility registries can be used to improve healthcare delivery by providing accurate and up-to-date information about healthcare facilities.