Kenyatta Hospital Records Set to Go Digital


The ICT Board is planning a Sh34 million project to digitise records at the Kenyatta National Hospital, to increase efficiency and improve service delivery.
Commencing in April, the project will see 4 million documents scanned and stored in digital format.

"We want to improve back office operations such as finance and accounting at the hospital," said ICT Board CEO, Paul Kukubo.A tender invitation was issued by the board on Thursday for bids to supply and install software and hardware for the project.

The move comes at time when the technology community is fraught with anxiety over cyber security after 103 government websites were hacked and defaced on Tuesday.However, the hospital remains confident that sensitive medical data will remain protected with concerted efforts from various government authorities.

"The paper-based data is no safer than electronic data. We plan on restricting access to the information and adhering to e-security guidelines that are being developed by the ministry of communication," said Mr Ambrose Kwale, the hospital's ICT manager.

The digitisation is part of a master plan to automate processes not only at Kenya's main referral hospital, but across the country's health sector.