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Aga Khan University Hospital goes paperless to improve efficiency and research

By Mercy Simiyu October 11th, 2023 2 min read

The Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi has introduced a state-of-the-art Electronic Health Records (EHR) system, representing a significant investment of Ksh.1.5 billion. This innovative system is designed to improve healthcare delivery and promote research endeavors.

The newly implemented EHR system will simplify the retrieval of patient records and foster local research initiatives aimed at enhancing the provision of tailored care. This initiative is part of Aga Khan University’s global digital transformation project, which aims to transition all seven of its hospitals and over 340 affiliated medical centers to a completely paperless operational model.

“Embracing technology in this manner reaffirms our commitment to excellence in the delivery of care. This transformative initiative will streamline patient care and open new doors for cutting-edge research and comprehensive medical training,” said Rashid Khalani, CEO of Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.

The initiative, known as ‘AKU OneHealth,’ has been collaboratively executed in conjunction with MEDITECH’s Expanse Electronic Health Records system. This paves the way for the implementation of a standardized approach across other AKU hospitals worldwide.

“With the seamless integration of technology into our healthcare system, we are unleashing the power of data-driven research and empowering our scientific community to accelerate medical advancements and address the most pressing healthcare challenges in the regions we operate in,” said Dr Sulaiman Shahabuddin, President and Vice-Chancellor of the Aga Khan University.

According to AKU Chief Information Officer Shaukat Ali Khan, the new system will provide doctors with evidence-based clinical decision support, embedded within their workflows.

Dr Carl Amrhein, AKU’s Vice Chancellor and Programme Leader explained that “AKU will be leveraging on data analytics within Expanse to trend patient results across all of its locations. Using tools built into the EHR they can determine not only which treatments are most effective for patients in their region, but also utilise this data for research purposes”.

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Charlotte Jackson, CEO of MEDITECH International said: “We are so proud to partner with Aga Khan University and Hospitals by providing a shared electronic health record to connect their communities.

“We look forward to supporting the full breadth of their care equality goals and facilitating better care for all patients across Africa and Asia.”

“We are so proud of our clinical providers. This amazing clinical transformation with AKU OneHealth has now placed AKUH-Nairobi on a level playing field with many of the most advanced academic hospital systems in the world,” says Dr. K. Nadeem Ahmed, AKU’s Global Chief Medical Informatics Officer.