Kenya plans online database for hospitals

The Kenya government is asking hospitals to submit data on the number and type of personnel and equipment they have in order to compile an online database that will help patients in choosing where to be treated.

This database is geared at reducing the time spent by patients looking for specialized treatment but do not know where to get it.

“Imagine you take a patient to a hospital only to be told that the X-ray is broken then you start going hospital to hospital to find out whether the services are available,” said the permanent secretary ministry of information and Technology Bitange Ndemo.

“We have started with records digitization of Kenyatta National Hospital as a pilot project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, it is important that each hospital provides information about its capacities in formats that an application can be developed to help patients locate the services where available, said Ndemo.

This information would be accessible on Mobile Phones using an application developed specifically for that purpose.

The government is also developing its open data system to help investors and government institutions and individuals get information as quickly as possible.