Agakhan launches new technology for efficiency

18May 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Agakhan launches new technology for efficiency

THE Aga Khan Hospital has launched a new technology that will significantly secure the effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of quality health services to Tanzanians while reducing waiting time for patients’ diagnosis.

Dubbed “Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and Radiology Information System (RIS)”, the technology will help speed up turnover times for patients.

With the new technology which its deployment costs stood at $600,000 (1.4bn/-), the hospital becomes the first hospital to possess it in the country. This will enable patients to wait for 30 minutes for basic modalities instead of 2 hours.

Launching the technology in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, the assistant director of Diagnostics Services, Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Charles Massambu, said the modernised PACS/RIS system will improve the care and safety of patients.

“The fully-fledged system will facilitate the lowest turn over times for patients to receive their diagnosis and improve the continuity of care,” Dr Massambu said.

He acknowledged the commitment of the hospital to introducing one of the most modernised PACS/RIS systems in Tanzania calling upon other hospitals to emulate the move.

Dr Masambu noted that the hospital deployment of the modern system will lessen the burden on patients.

He further stressed on the need to ensure public-private partnerships are strengthened in order to achieve a common goal which is serving the population.

Speaking at the event, the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Sisawo Konteh said the PACS/RIS system will deliver quality service.

With the system, there will be no need for patients to walk around with films as their respective historical record will be migrated to the system and make it accessible anywhere in the country.

“With the introduction of the revolutionary system, service delivery in its entirety will facilitate quality care, effective diagnosis and continuity of care regardless of where the patients are,” he added.