Like eHealth, there’s more than one definition of EHRs. Consequently, when it comes to procurement, it’s important to be specific about your definition and requirements. Dr Chrono has provided a checklist that can help Africa’s health systems with their eHealth strategies, plans and procure their EHRs. It has twelve components:
- Intelligent time-saving charting tools for operational efficiency, such as customisable medical templates, medical speech-to-text, dynamic photo charting and macros
- Customisation and flexibility, to tailor EHRs to practices and specialties
- Fully functional on mobile devices
- Integrated with laboratories so test and imaging requests, provide referrals and send prescriptions are seamless, minimise paperwork and streamline administrative tasks
- Real time eligibility verification and billing
- Patient portal that’s user-friendly
- Flexible and simple patient admissions and check-ins
- Sharable patient educational material
- Available training and support for EHRs
- Regulatory compliance
- Data flexibility and portability
- Application Programming Interface (API) and third party integrations.
For Africa’s health systems, sustainable affordability’s a vital matter. Other sustainability requirements, such as connectivity, are essential too. With all these in place, they can concentrate on mitigating investment risks and benefits realisation. There’s always more work to follow on with eHealth.