Kenya’s mHealth standards set SMS and ePrescribing practices
Using SMS for health and healthcare’s an expanding initiative in Africa. Kenya’s Ministry of Health has set out a rigorous set of standards for it, and ePrescribing, in Kenya Standards and Guidelines for mHealth Systems.
As an effective communication tool for health in low-income countries, SMS need regulation and cyber-security standards that minimise the risk of privacy and confidentiality breaches. This extends across several activities. Kenya’s standards include:
Risks of Personal Health Information (PHI) in SMSsStandards for text messages, including device selections, risk assessments, development practices and trainingPHI security guidelinesRisk management strategy, including password confidentiality and encryption.
Standards for telephone and eConusltations deal with devices such as Interactive Voice and Video and Response (IVVR), mobile phones, teleconferencing, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP. It includes SMSs too. The themes are:
Good medical practices, duties and responsibilitiesGuidelines for using eHealth and ICT to provide healthcareWhat to do in emergency situations.
ePrescribing extends from completing prescriptions, through delivery to pharmcists and on to dispensing to patients. Its goals include better quality healthcare, patient safety, accuracy and continuing care. The standards deal with:
How to use ePrescribing, including patient choiceAuthenticating ePrescriptionsDelivering ePrescribed drugs and medications and the role of pharmacistsePrescribing data sets that include:
o Minimum patient demographics
o Prescription identifiers
o Product identification.
While addressing current eHealth requirements, these standards lay a foundation for eHealth’s future scale and direction. It’s an opportunity to move eHealth regulation closer to project implementations, especially for ePrescribing.
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- Tom Jones
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