Innovative approaches to application of information technology in disease surveillance and prevention in Western Kenya

Wilson Odero, Joseph Rotich, Constantin Yiannoutsos, Tom Ouna, William M. Tierney

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Abstract

We describe an electronic injury surveillance system that provides data for improving patient care and monitoring injury incidence and distribution patterns. Patients with injuries visiting a rural Kenyan primary care center were enrolled consecutively over 14 months. Injury information was added onto an existing medical record database that captures data for each patient visit. A new injury data encounter form and entry screen were created that included geographical coordinates of the injury site. These coordinates were obtained using a handheld global positioning system (GPS) device, and data were downloaded to the database and linked to each patient. We created digital maps of injury spatial distribution using geography information systems (GIS) software and correlated injury type and location with patients' clinical data. A computerized medical record system, complemented by GIS technology and an injury-specific component, presents a valuable tool for injury surveillance, epidemiology, prevention and control for communities served by a specific health facility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-397
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biomedical Informatics
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2007

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Kenya
Information technology
Information systems
Technology
Epidemiology
Wounds and Injuries
Spatial distribution
Global positioning system
Data acquisition
Health
Information Systems
Monitoring
Geography
Computerized Medical Records Systems
Databases
Geographic Information Systems
Health Facilities
Physiologic Monitoring
Medical Records
Primary Health Care

Keywords

  • Electronic medical record
  • Geography information system
  • Injury surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Catalysis

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Innovative approaches to application of information technology in disease surveillance and prevention in Western Kenya. / Odero, Wilson; Rotich, Joseph; Yiannoutsos, Constantin; Ouna, Tom; Tierney, William M.

In: Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Vol. 40, No. 4, 08.2007, p. 390-397.

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