DBMI Lecture Series

An update on EMR Development and Deployment in Malawi



Date
January 24, 2014
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Speaker(s)
Mwatha Bwanali
Acting Software Development Manager, Baobab Health Trust
Location
The Offices at Baum, Room 407A, 5607 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Category
University of Pittsburgh - School of Medicine - Department of Biomedical Informatics
Contact
Toni Porterfield
Training Program Coordinator


412-648-9203
tls18@pitt.edu
Description

While Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems continue to improve the efficacy of healthcare delivery in developed countries, they have yet to be widely deployed in the developing world, where more than 90% of the global disease burden exists.  Despite slow uptake, Malawi has taken a leading role in piloting innovative approaches to incorporating informatics inventions into healthcare delivery.   Baobab Health Trust, a Malawian non-profit organization has been developing EMR systems in collaboration with the Malawi Ministry of Health since 2001.  This presentation will include an overview of Baobab’s work building point-of-care EMR modules to support healthcare delivery in Malawi, and discuss challenges and opportunities for future work.