A pilot health information management system for public health midwives serving in a remote area of Sri Lanka

Rodrigo, E. Shan S., Wimalaratne, Samantha R. U., Marasinghe, Rohana B. and Edirippulige, Sisira (2012) A pilot health information management system for public health midwives serving in a remote area of Sri Lanka. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 18 3: 159-163. doi:10.1258/jtt.2012.SFT109

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Author Rodrigo, E. Shan S.
Wimalaratne, Samantha R. U.
Marasinghe, Rohana B.
Edirippulige, Sisira
Title A pilot health information management system for public health midwives serving in a remote area of Sri Lanka
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
1758-1109
Publication date 2012-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/jtt.2012.SFT109
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 159
End page 163
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We developed an electronic Health Information Management System (HIMS) for Public Health Midwives (PHMs) in Sri Lanka. We conducted a needs analysis amongst 16 PHMs, which found that they spent most of their time managing health records. The HIMS was designed so that it could accept data from the PHMs, and generate reports which could be used by the PHMs themselves as well as by their supervisors. The HIMS was trialled by a group of 16 PHMs in a remote area of the Ratnapura district of Sri Lanka. Mini-laptops with the software were distributed to the PHMs and they were given the necessary training. They started entering historical data from the registers into the system by themselves. Nearly 10,000 public health records were generated in the first three months. In a subsequent survey, the PHMs all gave positive answers indicating that they were happy with the pilot system, they would like to continue using it to enhance their service and they wanted to see it expanded across the whole of Ratnapura district. The system seems to be a practical solution for the field activities of PHMs in Sri Lanka.
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