By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The HOD Health Record Department in Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, (ABUTH) Zaria, Abubakar Abdullahi, has called for law digitalizing health records in Nigerian hospitals.
He stated this during a one-day sensitization seminar for health Journalists in Kaduna on Monday, organized by Health Records Officers’ Registration Board of Nigeria, (HRORBN), North-West zone.
Abdullahi also called for training and retraining of Health Record officers to meet the trend of modern knowledge, saying stakeholders in health care industry must apply all necessary measures to safeguard the confidentiality of patient’s information.
He recommended as a way forward that measures should be put in place for effective and efficient tools for a good electronic health records.
“Always involve health records/information officers on any EHR software design,” he said.
Speaking on Electronic Health Record, (EHR), Abdullahi defined it as an electric means of creating, storing, retrieval and management of such health records from the very time a patient or client presented in a health care facility for service provision to when he or she is discharged from such service provision using Information Technology.
He added that the varying needs of such health information might be present, past or future or as the need may arise in given subject of interest.
In her remarks, the Head of Electronic Medical Record,(EMR), Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital Kaduna, Georgina Aloysius, who described Medical Records as a systematic documentation of a single patient’s medical history and care across time within one particular health care provider’s jurisdiction began in Nigeria at about 1957 to 1966.
Aloysius warned that for medical records is said to be credible, it must have the reputation to be accepted, free of error, complete and consistent.
She enumerated the purposes of medical records to include; a platform for documentation, reminder, research, clinical presentation, continuity of care, education and training among others.
She however cautioned that health record is not something to be toiled with; pointing out that whatever may be the reason or circumstance, the loss of medical records has serious clinic, personal, administrative and legal consequences.
Earlier, the Zonal Coordinator, North-West Zone of HRORBN, Malam Umar Sani, defined the aim of the workshop as a tool to partner the media in the profession of health records.