Rwanda Health and Education Information Network (OASIS-RHEIN)

Partners in Health (PIH), an international nongovernmental organization, has demonstrated the effectiveness of its open source electronic medical record system (OpenMRS) in eight clinics in Rwanda. As a result, the Ministry of Health has decided to roll out OpenMRS nationally to track patient-level medical information for improved healthcare delivery and human capacity development. Rolling out OpenMRS will require that existing medical information systems in the country be interoperable. This action-research project has two components. The first will pilot an interoperable open source health information system to support evidence-based planning, management and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Software and information systems at different points in the healthcare system will be integrated and made interoperable to facilitate the efficient flow of information and integrate clinical processes, making it possible for clinicians to manage and treat HIV/AIDS patients more effectively using electronic medical record applications. The second component will build the capacity of nursing staff to provide better care at the front line by means of an electronic learning platform integrated into the health system infrastructure. Nurses will be upgraded through a certification program from enrolled to registered, a national priority. Training will also improve the quality and use of data in clinical decision-making. Both components will be piloted at two referral hospitals, four district hospitals and two primary health centres.

Project ID

105293

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

End Date

Friday, April 26, 2013

Duration

24 months

IDRC Officer

Ingabire, Marie-Gloriose

Total funding

CA$ 920,500

Countries

Rwanda, North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Project Leader

Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana

Project Leader

Dr. Anita Asiimwe

Institution

Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC)

Institution Country

Rwanda

Project Leader

Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana

Project Leader

Dr. Anita Asiimwe

Institution

Treatment and Research on AIDS Center

Institution Country

Rwanda

Institution Website

http://www.tracrwanda.org.rw