Health News of Friday, 15 March 2013
The operations of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) are to be automated.
This follows the deployment of a new software, the Hospital Administration and Management Software (HAMS), to computerise all operational duties at the hospital.
The software, according to the KATH authorities , is not only meant to enhance clinical care and speed up the recovery of patients who troop to the hospital every day, but it is also meant to improve the operational efficiency and revenue mobilisation of the hospital.
The Chief Executive of the KATH, Professor Ohene Adjei, who announced this during the end-of-year performance review of the hospital’s operations, urged all the directorates and the unit heads of the hospital to accept and own the comprehensive computerisation project being deployed.
This, he said, would enrich their financial fortunes significantly, improve health infrastructural development and accelerate their quest of making the hospital a centre of excellence and of international repute.
“In addition to this, management also intends to enter into cash collection agreement with one of the local banks as parts of efforts to maximise revenue collection at the hospital,” he stressed.
He also spoke of plans to replace some of the old equipment at the hospital, especially, the age-long and unreliable oxygen plant.
“The hospital has already taken delivery of two mobile digital X-rays, two C-arm Monitors, three colour Dopplers with two sets of probes, among other items, to breathe a new lease of life into our operations,” Prof. Adjei said.
“The targets we have set for 2013 will not be achieved unless there is commitment to industrial harmony and hard work by our staff,” he noted, and, therefore, pleaded with them to “continue to engage all the units and directorates in our efforts to find a lasting solution to all the operational challenges facing the hospital.”
“We owe it to our clients to make 2013 a better year for the hospital,” he further noted
On targets for 2013, Professor Adjei said they intend to offer specialised Out-Patient Department (OPD) care to 250,482 patients as against the 242,635 specialised OPD cases provided last year.
He said the hospital would also increase general admissions to 45,500 cases as against 39,436 admission for 2012, and also undertake 26,000 surgical operations for clients this year as against 23,231 surgical operations performed in 2012,
On supervised deliveries at the hospital which stood at 12,142 in 2012, the KATH CEO said it would be increased to 13,240, with physiotherapy services also increasing from 16,585 in 2012 to 22,950 this year.
He said apart from providing excellent services to patients to sustain their confidence, the hospital authorities were keen on providing free medical scheme to staff and their families, explaining that under the scheme “the more than 3,500 staff of the hospital and their family members would be assisted by the hospital to bear the cost of health care services that are not covered under the national health insurance scheme.”