Development of a Framework for Computerized Health Management Information Systems in Nigeria
|Author(s)||SOBOWALE, A. A., OLABIYISI, S.O. ,ABDUL-HAMEED, T. A.|
|Issue Date||November 01, 2011|
|Publishing Date||November 01, 2011|
|Keywords||Health Management Information Systems (HMIS), Computerized, Patient Centric System, Multi-lingua platform translation, Framework|
A framework for Computerized Health Management Information Systems for the nine countries under the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) in Africa and Latin America was proposed in 2007 in a research work carried out by Nicole Archangel in collaboration with IICD. Since technology can be acquired and adapted, countries in Africa need to adapt and develop their own information systems based on their local needs and structures, applying local methods and practices. This research is carried out to propose a standard operational framework for Health Management Information System (HMIS) in Nigeria based on the framework for IICD countries with special adaptation to Nigeria HMIS. This research, building on the existing system proposes a health management information system framework with emphasis on a patient centric system interface and participation. Another major issue addressed is the provisioning of multi-lingua platform translation for illiterate indigenous patients to interact with the health management information system. The results obtained from the application developed on the proposed framework shows a novelty of multi-language support; which enables anyone to use the system in a preferred language (most probably the userís motherís tongue). The implication of this design is that any language can be added in the future to open accessibility and usability to more users from different ethnic community.