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

A contract was signed with the RDHS, Kalutara, in April 2014 to install the beta test version of HHIMS (version 2) 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 the OPD record in September 2014. It is expected to be fully operational with computerised ordering of laboratory tests and treatment by November 2014.

During the initial period of patient registration, it was noted that printing the Patient health ID card on POS-printers was not convenient for the patient as the slips produced faded after several weeks. The patients were therefore obliged to photocopy the card. In order to deal with this issue, the hospital purchased several label printers which use the thermal transfer technology (with rolls of wax-carbon paper). These printers now produce excellent quality labels that are waterproof and long-lasting. The label can be stuck on to a blank card or an old card used for another purpose (such as a phone card). The cost of a label (plus carbon ribbon usage) for one Patient card is 1 Rupee.

A new feature of HHIMS developed for this hospital is an appointment display screen to show patients which OPD doctor is free to see them. These are normal television screens (32”) which also speak the appointment number in Sinhalese. Similar screens are installed at the dispensary and outside the treatment rooms to display the number of the next patient to receive medication or treatment.