Today more than one billion people cannot obtain the health services they need, because those services are inaccessible, unavailable, unaffordable or of poor quality. To deliver, a health system needs efficient workers, well equipped and up to standard facilities, money, relevant information and technologies, medicines, communications, transport as well as overall leadership and direction. Strengthening health systems and making them more equitable has been recognized as key strategies for fighting poverty and fostering development.
ICL in partnership with county, national governments and partners work to increase efficiency in data management and reporting for planning and decision making in the health care system. Further health care workers are supported to increase their productivity and management of client data and information by training on IC-Health; where they obtain a Microsoft certification. We implement a model county health system that is community-centered and integrated health services are critical for reaching universal health coverage.
The ICHealth training is a Microsoft certified training that will ensure that healthcare workers possess sufficient medical knowledge to use the IT applications that affect patients and their information. IC Health certification will assure the county and national governments that health care workers will have skills strengthened in Health Information System; management of personal patient data within the Health Information System and maintenance of Healthcare records for timely and accurate reporting. This contributes to meeting objectives in the MOH ICT standards and guidelines, June 2013 as;
Introduction: ICL has developed an ICT intervention for its education program (JGEC) with funding from DfID. This is known as BioSIM; a System Information Management tool.
Features: In has an inbuilt sms platform where a message is automatically sent to the client/CHV once they are registered in health facility. Registration of client is done using an iris scanner, which is the biometric identifier. This system holds bio data for the client and service providers and makes monitoring service uptake easier. The health seven pillars/components will be automated to assess facilities. An android supported App is made available to Health Management Teams, DMoH, CHEWs and CHVs for use in data entry, and reports generation. Reports from the system include performance of the health facility, disease trends, and infrastructure conditions, among other components making supportive supervision targeted and relevant.
USP: The iris scanner is an accurate unique identifier for clients in the system, hence has a high ability to track individual clients regardless of the health facility they visit and the ability to provide real time data or information.
Benefits: 1) Improve data capture, analysis and management at level 1, 2 and 3. 2) Reduction of loss to follow up; Clients will be reminded by a text message to attend scheduled hospital visits and the CHV will follow up the client where adherance has not been achieved.3) The enhanced health facilities will send feedback reports to the CHVs highlighting their perfomance and the community health summary data. 4) The CHMT will be equipped with Tablets to access real time monitoring of the healthcare data and provide targetted suppportive supervision.
Our clients: The pilot for the system will be in Kangundo Sub County in partnership .
ICL also sits in several other Technical Working Groups (TWG's) at national and county level such as the Adolescence Sexual and Reproductive Health TWG, the National Family Planning TWG among others. ICL also sits in the UNFPA youth advisory panel through which ICL plays an advisory role on youth reproductive health matters. ICL with other development partners, CSOs and government is leading the coordination of sensitization of the importance of inclusion of Age Appropriate Comprehensive Sexuality Education (AACSE) inclusion in the school curriculum.
ICL championed the revision of the Community Health Strategy policy by sitting at the National technical working group with a view to enhance community access to health care in order to improve productivity and thus reduce poverty, hunger and child and maternal deaths, as well as improved education performance across all stages of life cycle. Through HENNET, ICL participated to lobby and rally for the rejection of the Amendments in the PBO Act!