UPDATING BASE HOSPITAL, DAMBADENIYA FROM HHIMSv1 TO HHIMSv2 (2014)

In September and October 2014, the database in the Base Hospital, Dambadeniya was converted from HHIMS version 1.3 to HHIMS version 2. This proved to be a difficult task due to the considerable changes to the internal tables that had been made after the first version was programmed. This conversion is not a simple process and has to be carried out by a programmer. It will therefore not be offered by Lunar Technologies as a standard package. (more)

INSTALLATION OF THE BETA TEST VERSION OF HHIMSv2 IN THE BASE HOSPITAL, PANADURA (2014)

In April 2014, the beta test version of HHIMSv2 was installed in the Provincial Base Hospital – Panadura. Training and installation started in May 2014 and full-scale patient registration started in June 2014. Doctors started entering OPD patient records in September 2014. It is now fully operational apart from computerised ordering of laboratory tests and automatic transfer of autoanalyser data to the HHIMS patient record. (more)

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING AND INSTALLATION IN THE PAIN CLINIC OF THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL, COLOMBO

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon donated the computers for the Pain Clinic and set up a Local Area Network (LAN) with laptops and PCs. WiFi provides the communication and connection to the Internet is established via a GSM modem. Lunar Technologies provided the software and training, sponsored by the Capital Maharaja Organisation. Initially, the first version of HHIMS was installed in September 2013 for training and for users to get used to the computer. However, as the development of the new version was being carried out at the same time, it was replaced with HHIMSv2 when actual patient data entry started, in March 2014. (more)

INSTALLATION IN BASE HOSPITAL, AVISSAWELA (2013)

In November 2012, Lunar Technologies received a contract from the RDHS Colombo District to install the distribution version HHIMSv1.3 in the Base Hospital - Avissawella. The installation was finished in December 2012 and the system was opened by the Provincial Minister of Health, Jagath Angage and the Health Services Deputy Minister Lalith Dissanayake on 11 January 2013. (more)

MAJOR RE-WRITE OF HHIMSv2 USING CODEIGNITOR AND PILOTING IN THREE HOSPITALS (2013)

Word of the success of the installations especially the one in the District Hospital – Dompe, soon started to circulate, assisted by the enthusiastic publicity by the staff of the hospitals. However this publicity led to a wider discussion of the implications of the increasing computerisation of health records in government hospitals in the country and the importance of interoperability and standardisation. The ICTA therefore contracted Lunar Technologies to re-write HHIMS using a structured framework that followed these international standards. (more)

IMPROVED VERSION OF HHIMS DEVELOPED AND PILOTED IN SIX HOSPITALS (2012)

As can be seen from the previous project, HHIMS initially concentrated heavily on a fast and comfortable out-patient record. The hospitals that were attracted to HHIMS were therefore those with heavy logistic work-loads in the ambulant section of the hospital. The ICTA was therefore pushed in the direction of covering all the functions of the OPD doctors that take up their time. As a result, the ICTA contracted Lunar Technologies to develop a number of additions to the OPD module of the initial system, taking it beyond the previous MDS functionality. These additions involved mostly the out-patient department record, and were designed to make it more streamlined and user-friendly. (more)

HHIMS CREATION AND PILOT (2010)

Although MDS is a very useful program, the fact that is was written using a proprietary database (Caché) is a big drawback to its widespread use in the emerging economies of South Asia. In order to resolve this issue, Lunar Technologies was contracted by the RDHS Kegalle in 2010 to convert the MDS software into an open-source patient record database based on the free software LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) and to pilot it in five hospitals in Kegalle District. Funding for the project was provided by the World Bank, channeled through the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), a Sri Lankan Governmental agency responsible for extending e-governance throughout the country. The project included general computer and medical record training in all 5 pilot hospitals. (more)

MDS PROJECT IN KALMUNAI HEALTH DISTRICT & TRINCOMALEE HOSPITALS (2008-2009)

The experience gained in the first project in Batticaloa District proved that the concept of simple computerized patient records is viable in Sri Lanka if adequate technical and material support is given to hospitals after installation. Because of this success, the Austrian/Swiss Red Cross was requested by the Health Ministry to extend the project to the other two administrative districts of the Eastern Province, Ampara and Trincomalee. All three districts were severely affected by the tsunami, but in Ampara District it was mainly the area close to the sea. For this reason only the coastal health district of Kalmunai was included. (more)

MDS PROJECT IN BATTICALOA DISTRICT (2006-2007)

Monitoring population health as it presents to healthcare services is called disease surveillance. If it covers all diseases, it is multi disease surveillance (MDS). In 2005, the Sri Lanka country office of WHO established computerised MDS systems in a number of large hospitals in tsunami-affected areas. In 2006, part of the project in the government hospitals of Batticaloa District of the Eastern Province was taken over by the Austrian/Swiss Red Cross at the request of the Epidemiology Department of the Health Ministry, the Provincial Health Services and the directors of the hospitals. The Austrian/Swiss Red Cross Consortium was the main sponsor, with additional funds coming from the Austrian newspaper the Kurier and Siemens Austria. (more)