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On February 3rd, Wired Magazine posted an article about eHealth Nigeria entitled "Open Source Tackles Healthcare In Places Microsoft Can’t". The article discusses how we are using open-source technology to create systems that are better suited for the Nigerian environment. The article focuses on the work that we do with OpenMRS, an open-source electronic medical record system, which we currently have implemented in over 10 sites in Nigeria.
Recently, AMD released a case study about eHealth Nigeria entitled "AMD helps eHealth Nigeria build a system designed to improve health care".
As we began to build our data center in Nigeria, we looked for equipment that was durable, low-power, powerful, and would meet all of our needs. After working with ICC, we decided on using AMD equipment. Read the whole case study to find out more about our data center.
Each year worldwide, 500,000 women die due to complications from childbirth. Of these, 10% come from Nigeria, where, for every woman who dies in childbirth, another 30 suffer debilitating complications and chronic ill health. The infant mortality rate mirrors the maternal statistics, with 71 neonatal deaths per 1000 live births. Overall, the World Health Organization ranked Nigeria as the fourth worst health care system in the world.
An EMR system makes the entire process of patient record keeping easier, more accurate, and comprehensive, and more efficient. With an EMR system, doctors use specialized software that allows them to enter their patient records electronically. The software stores the patient information on a server and each patient's complete history is available instantly, including x-rays, lab results, prescriptions ordered and other necessary medical data.
eHealth Nigeria partnered with the Population Council to teach a group of TBAs how to use cell phones to report maternal and child health events. The training began with basic number recognition and ended with the TBAs learning how to send text messages. The TBAs, who are located in a village outside of Zaria, Nigeria, are currently texting vital maternal and child health events into a server, which then sends alert text messages to local doctors and midwives in the Zaria are who can respond appropriately to the situation.