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Cornelius Kipkoech June 13, 2019


The process of health planning needs to evolve by the use of ICT in healthcare delivery, distribution and public health decision making at every level. This will ensure delivery of right health services to right people at the right place as well as on right time. ICT has the capacity to influence all aspects of the health sector. For instance, in public health, management of information and communication processes are very crucial and are assisted or limited by the availability of information.

ICT helps patients become more involved in their own care. This becomes more significant in managing chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease etc. People in remote areas sacrifice a day’s work and wages in order to get to a doctor for minor ailments. In such cases, primary healthcare costs can be reduced by facilitating innovation in telemedicine.

Friends of Nandi USA through Fairwinds Baptist Church, Delaware earlier today made an important donation of 52 laptops to the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital which is aimed at supporting the infrastructural development of the Health Management Information System processes.

The donation and support is valued at more than Kshs 6million and consists of 52 laptops, funding of Karlel water project and painting of St. Mathews Septonok Primary School. All these supplies are in addition to the administrative software that this Hospital will be using. In addition to the transparency processes, it will also provide the opportunity for a better care for the patients who will spend less time following the necessary steps to carry out their exams.

While receiving the donations at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital, Nandi Deputy Governor flanked by the CEC for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech thanked the Fairwinds Church team led by Jack Lee for their support.

“The computers will be used throughout the hospital, including in the post-natal unit and in the records department,” said Ruth Koech.

The donated computers are part of a larger effort by Friends Of Nandi USA through the coordinated efforts of Health and Sanitation CEC Ruth Koech to help enhance Nandi County’s health care services.

The Fairwinds Baptist Church team also did charity work by painting St. Mathews Septonok Primary school and funded a water project in Karlel, Kosirai ward.

ICT ushers in an augmented administrative efficiency. For instance, administrative tasks such as filling forms, processing billing requests represent an important fraction of healthcare costs. Health IT can help to streamline these tasks and thus substantially reduce costs, as well as decrease the number of personal visits to doctors. ICT in healthcare can assist remote consultation, diagnosis and treatment through telemedicine.

Also present at the gifting ceremony were Chief Officer Preventive and Promotive Services Sally Kemboi, Chief Officer ICT Jonathan Misoi, Director of Operations and Planning Dr. Philemon Bureti, Director for Health Dr. David Bungei, Kapsabet County Referral Hospital Dr. Daniel Kemboi among other senior health and ICT officers.

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