Interoperability, Integration and Standardization of e-Health Initiatives in Malawi: Current Efforts and Prospects
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Since its inception in Malawi, e-health continues to offer new opportunities for improving health-care delivery in the country. In places where implementations are done right, it enables proper and easy management of pharmaceuticals and lab samples together with results, provides clinical decision support and better patient management, and facilitates easy generation of reports for facility managers and policy makers. However, with the presence of many different e-health solutions and implementers in the country, for the health-care delivery system to be streamlined and benefit fully from e-health there is need for the electronic systems to meet certain standards that would enable their interoperability and integration with other systems at present and in the future. This paper, therefore, is focusing on current efforts on, and future prospects for achieving e-health system's interoperability and integration in Malawi. It is with an understanding of the current state that appropriate recommendations can be made for how the issues in question can be addressed today, rather than wait until in the future when it will potentially be very difficult and costly to resolve.