Apelon and Jembi Health Systems Bring Sustainable Information Systems to Rwanda
September 16, 2012
Apelon Medical Terminology in Practice recently published the press release “Apelon Selected to Support HIE Initiative in Rwanda as Part of Effort to Improve Antenatal/ Prenantal Care.”
According to the article, Apelon, an international provider of terminology and data interoperability solutions, has been chosen to create an electronic health enterprise architecture for the country of Rwanda by providing the products, terminology, and consulting expertise. The Rwanda Health Enterprise Architecture (RHEA) project is being lead by Jembi Health Systems. Based in South Africa, Jembi is an NGO that works to advance global health through developing and implementing sustainable information systems.
The article states:
“RHEA is an international effort focusing on the development of eHealth and health Information systems in developing countries. The project is owned by the Rwandan Ministry of Health and jointly implemented by Jembi, the Ministry of Health, InSTEDD and the Regenstrief Institute. In addition to supplying its open source Distributed Terminology Systems (DTS) software, Apelon representatives will provide training to Jembi and Rwanda healthcare professionals on DTS and Terminology Asset ManagementTM, Apelon’s unique methodology for creating and maintaining semantic data interoperability in health exchange programs. The RHEA project is expected to be operational by September.”
Bringing this technology to Rwanda is an excellent way to improve maternal healthcare in the country. The electronic medical records will allow for a complete exchange of relevant information, making the processes more efficient.
Jasmine Ashton, September 16, 2012