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The urge for automated systems in health sector of Nigeria is not encouraging at all and it has degenerated to the extent that many kick against it or become obstacles to any of such implementation attempts.

Whereas the negative implications on the quality of data collection and analysis is extremely on the high side.

We all know that implementation of automated systems will give lots of benefits to the facility, state and country at large because it will build us a health data standard known with accuracy, correct and factual and on the other hand benefit facilities in the area of auditing, easy access to patient data and histories, accountability at every stage and elimination of patient waiting time, impersonation and various statistical reports and analysis.

Therefore how do we come in as experts, consultants and developers to make it work.

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  • Thank you for this wonderful observation, as implimentation of a hospital management software has over the years been difficult and frustrating to developers in Nigeria, you see doctors that are supposed to embrace the trend of development being the ones frustrating the innovation with millions of excuses that can discontinue usage of hospitals management system. Excuses like;
    I can't start typing
    It's stressful
    It restricts me
    It delays, etc

    Forgetting the fact that migrating from a manual process to an electronic process takes a gradual process and time.
    Hence, Medical doctors who are the key principals in the health sector should with all happiness welcome the change in the sector and also encourage other health staffs to follow suit in other for any deployed HMS to see the light of the day and also exist fully in Nigeria to allow complete and accurate records keeping, accurate analysis, reduction of human errors, reduction of patient waiting time and accurate billing.
    All these can enhance medical decision making and not minding the initial challenges that will be faced in the pilot phase.
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