The Institute of Information Management (IIM-Africa) launched MedicPurse, a health information system developed to capture health information and intelligence in monitoring and managing the health of individuals for the ultimate improvement of public health in partnership with Globe Geosolution Private Limited.
Globe Geosolution Private Limited is an Indian company working in the field of Geospatial, Geoscience, Energy, IT, Urban Planning, Infrastructure Design, Artificial Intelligence System, Earthquake Study and Training & Education Development.
President and Chairman of IIM-Africa Governing Council, Dr Ayodeji Oyewole said “It is common knowledge that the health sector in Nigeria is faced with several challenges ranging from lack of adequate training for health workers, lack of data processing facilities, lack of access to patients records due to poor health records management, and lack of resources by health facilities to deploy health information management systems and technologies.
“Planning, monitoring and evaluation of health services are hampered by the paucity of reliable data and health services therefore cannot be managed efficiently on the basis of available data”.
MedicPurse, as a health information system comprises of features developed to capture health information and intelligence that is used to monitor and manage the health of individuals registered on the system for the ultimate improvement of public health.
MedicPurse allows you to connect, compare and choose from different accredited service providers using web mapping technology which helps users to locate them. Apart from Health Information gathering, treatment through MedicPurse, you will be able to keep all your valuable prescription and lab report safe in customized cloud. MedicPurse offers your favourite web & mobile browser as well as user friendly app for your Android and iPhone. It enables users to effortlessly track all your medical records with ease and analyse your results on the go.
“With MedicPurse you can locate specific information concerning your health and healthcare when you need it, for example in an emergency situation or when you are travelling out of town away from your usual healthcare providers. Also, in a single view, patients can review their health records from all of their providers; family members can manage the health records of their loved ones from any distance and at any time and patients have full and convenient access to their records through MedicPurse and can update them at will; no more waiting for an office to open. Patients have full access to their records 24/7 and from any location that has Internet access and patients’ health information is automatically updated when physicians update their EHRs.
Dr Oyewale was quoted as saying “to use MedicPurse, healthcare providers will be required to set up physical, administrative and technical safeguards to protect patients’ health records. This may include “access controls” like passwords and PIN numbers to help limit who has access to patients’ health records; “encryption” so your health information can’t be read or understood except by someone who is approved to view it; and an “audit trail” so there is a record of who has looked at your information and what changes were made to it and when.
MedicPurse is one of the projects of IIM-Africa’s Data Access Initiative. The Data Access Intervention Initiative (DAII) is a program aimed at promoting access to information for effective service delivery in the society.