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I-TECH is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National AIDS/STD Control Programme (NASCOP) in Kenya to improve the use of health management information systems (HMIS) for patient management, clinical quality improvement, and reporting.

Training Products

  • Kenya Basic Laboratory Information System (BLIS) Manual: Job Aids for Users
  • Kenya Laboratory Information System (LIS) Mentorship Guide
  • KenyaEMR Manual: Job Aids for Users
  • Structure and Approach to Health Care Worker Capacity Building for the Use of EMR Systems at Health Facilities
  • KenyaEMR Mentor Support Orientation
  • KenyaEMR Champion Mentorship Facilitator Guide and Mentorship Guide
  • KenyaEMR Support for County Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Health Departments Training
  • Help Desk Curriculum 
  • Data Use Forum 
  • Sexual Gender-Based Violence Information System User Training Curriculum
  • KenyaEMR/HIS E-learning modules
Kenya

OVERVIEW

Kenya is a country of 47 million people and us $783 GDP per capita. Drawing on relative stability and a robust and growing economy, Kenya’s ministry of health (MOH), with support from local and global partners, are working to strengthen the national health system and address key health challenges, including a high prevalence of HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and high infant and maternal deaths. Together, they are reigniting progress toward health goals, including the Sustainable Development   Goals (SDGs) by facilitating implementation of a broad base of health and related services.

Since 2005, I-TECH has drawn on expertise from the University of Washington and the University of California, San Francisco, to support the MOH in advancing priorities in the areas of health information systems (HIS), HIS leadership and governance, Global Health Security GHSA), and evidence based Infection Prevention and control (IPC) practices. 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Kenyan Computer EMR

Currently, I-TECH focuses on four of the six WHO Health Systems Framework building blocks: leadership/governance, health workforce, information and research, and service delivery, supporting the MOH and other implementing partners to advance the priorities of PEPFAR and GHSA.

I-TECH Kenya’s PEPFAR funded programs aim to improve the quality of patient care and enable healthcare facilities to meet their health information, data collection, and reporting needs. By improving the quality of patient care, I-TECH’s work directly contributes to two of the three 90-90-90 PEPFAR targets: the percentage of HIV-positive individuals receiving ART and the percentage of individuals receiving ART who are virally suppressed. In addition, the data collected through I-TECH-supported systems are essential for measuring progress towards the 90-90-90 goals.

I-TECH Kenya’s GHSA funded programs aim to advance the Global Health Security Agenda by securing global public health through strengthening information systems and reporting.  The key objectives are preventing and reducing the likelihood of disease outbreaks, improving the efficiency and accuracy of the detection of communicable diseases, strengthening surveillance capacity and national and county levels for a rapid and effective response, enhancing Infection Prevention and Control practices to prevent the emergence and spread of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

In all efforts, I-TECH Kenya works closely with local partners to develop and implement programs that can be successfully transitioned to local ownership, ensuring sustainable progress toward Kenya’s long-term health goals.

 

Recent Publications

 

Kang’a S, Puttkammer N, Wanyee S, et al. A National Standards-Based Assessment on Functionality of Electronic Medical Records Systems Used in Kenyan Public-Sector Health Facilities. Int J Med Inform. 2017 Jan;97:68-75. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2016.09.013. Epub 2016 Sep 23.

Keny A, Wanyee S, Kwaro D, Mulwa E, Were M. Developing a National-Level Concept Dictionary for HER Implementations in Kenya. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;216:780-4.

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