Banda Health is a multinational team of programmers, doctors and business professionals passionate about transforming healthcare through technology. Banda Health believes that if African healthcare professionals in low-resource settings had access to great software - instead of paper records and Excel sheets - they could dramatically improve the care they?re able to offer their patients.
In 2015, Banda Health completed Phase One of OpenHMIS Prime, an integrated business and clinical solution ideal for clinic-level institutions. They leveraged OpenMRS and added Cashier and Inventory modules. OpenHMIS Prime harnesses the powerful engine that is OpenMRS, adds features to meet specific business requirements of clinics across Africa, and delivers a powerful tool allowing clinics to simultaneously collect meaningful clinical data and manage scarce resources. Banda Health is currently piloting OpenHMIS Prime in one clinic and one 126-bed church hospital in Kenya. The OpenHMIS Prime software has also been downloaded by others globally over 1,600 times; it has demonstrated its ability to improve inventory control and financial sustainability by saving surprising amounts of money through better resource management.
But clinics that can ?see what they are doing? using standards-based data are only the beginning. Banda Health is actively sourcing funding for and developing hospital-level tools capable of utilizing that same quality of data. These tools include: a robust suite of core clinical databases for major clinical service disciplines; a platform integrating existing best-in-class enterprise resource planning (ERP), laboratory, radiology, pharmacy and related solutions with the OpenMRS clinical database; a locally-appropriate electronic medical records system for select use cases; multiple mobile interfaces; and an integrated predictive intelligence clinical diagnostic tool. Two OpenMRS-based clinical solutions are scheduled for completion in 2017: a Pediatric Surgery and Neurosurgery database and an inpatient Internal Medicine teaching, patient tracking and audit database.
Banda Health is convinced that healthcare teams in the world?s lowest-resource settings don?t need someone to tell them how to do their job better. They just need to be able to get their hands on clean, timely data, and then they can figure out for themselves how to better care for their patients, maximize their resources and train their future colleagues.