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GHANA HEALTH SERVICE (GHS) RECEIVES 2,590 PIECES OF SAMSUNG TABLETS TO ROLLOUT eTRACKER

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) received 2,590 tablets from SAMSUNG on February 1, at Accra to roll-out tablet based e-TRACKER in the country.

The e-TRACKER will help in effective collection of data to facilitate service provided in clients treatment, follow-up and effective monitoring of different health indicators and clients information.
The programme is a partnership between the Ghana Health Service, USAID, KOICA, SAMSUNG, Evaluate for Health and Good Neighbours.

Deputy Chief of Mission USAID/Chargé d’Affaires U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana, Melinda Tabler-Stone confirmed the strong relationship between Ghana and the United States. “To achieve Nana Addo’s beyond AID agenda, we must strengthen our information”, she added.

In the speech by the Korean Ambassador, H.E Sungsoo Kim, he disclosed that Korea has supported CHPS concept with 9 million dollars. He indicated his excitement over the initiative by rhetorically asking “Why don’t Samsung and the partnership group extend this e-Tracker to Korea?”

The Director-General of GHS, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare revealed that his vision for the GHS is to use ICT to drive GHS in order to provide excellent Health Service and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“The donation therefore of 2,590 tablets by Samsung to the GHS will contribute greatly to achieving one of my visions, which is to ensure that ICT is utilized at the Primary Care level. The donated tablets will be deployed in all functional CHPS Zones in the Upper East, Volta and Eastern Region”, he emphasized.

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The Director-General added that another guiding principle is to apply ICT for evidence-based management decision making. The use of the e-tracker on the android device will facilitate the use of data for decision-making concerning health care services at the CHPS level. He also indicated that the e-tracker will promote transparency and accountability by ensuring accurate and verifiable aggregated data on services.

This tracker capture implemented by the GHS is a core component of DHIMS2’s suite of Android apps that provide an offline alternative to its traditional online web-based data capture and reporting tools. This app helps register and track a person. The offline system allows healthworkers to use the app in facilities or areas where there is poor or no network connectivity. This is made possible because the system allows the user to enter the data at area without network to capture and save the data collected, and sync it to the sever later.

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Source: GHS PR UNIT

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