The Minister of Health, Hon. Sylvia T. Masebo, MP, officiated the national launch of the SmartCare Pro Electronic Health Records (EHR) system in Chongwe District on November 21st, 2023. The event marked the unveiling of the latest and improved version of SmartCare, an advanced EHR system that aims to transform healthcare services across Zambia.
In her remarks, Hon. Sylvia T. Masebo expressed delight in launching the cutting-edge SmartCare Pro in Chongwe, emphasizing the administration’s commitment to the convergence of technology and healthcare.
The minister highlighted the shared vision of creating a future where technology plays a pivotal role in fostering healthier communities.
SmartCare, which started as an HIV-specific data collection tool over 15 years ago, has evolved into a comprehensive EHR system that significantly contributes to clinical decision-support and improves healthcare service delivery.
The new SmartCare Pro is expected to be a game-changer, guiding health workers in patient management, facilitating better planning for commodities, and enhancing overall healthcare efficiency.
The advantages of SmartCare Pro were underscored during the launch, including its comprehensive solution designed to address modern healthcare challenges, collaborative development with input from healthcare professionals, rigorous testing for reliable performance, adaptability to changing needs, and its secure and efficient data management system.
Hon. Sylvia T. Masebo urged healthcare workers to embrace SmartCare Pro, moving away from old, insecure paper-based systems.
She emphasized that electronic health records can significantly improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of primary care practices, leading to better coordination of care, prevention of medical errors, and increased preventive care.
The Ministry of Health has established a service desk for health information systems, allowing users to provide feedback, queries, or requirements, ensuring continuous improvement of the SmartCare Pro system.
In conclusion, the minister acknowledged the introduction of SmartCare Pro as a shared accomplishment and officially launched the system, marking a significant step toward shaping a future where technology and healthcare converge to cultivate healthier communities.