The AMPATH Nutritional Information System: Designing a Food Distribution Electronic Record System in Rural Kenya

Jason LitJeh Lim, Yuehwern Yih, Catherine Gichunge, William M. Tierney, Tung H. Le, Jun Zhang, Mark A. Lawley, Tomeka J. Petersen, Joseph Mamlin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

8 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Objective: The AMPATH program is a leading initiative in rural Kenya providing healthcare services to combat HIV. Malnutrition and food insecurity are common among AMPATH patients and the Nutritional Information System (NIS) was designed, with cross-functional collaboration between engineering and medical communities, as a comprehensive electronic system to record and assist in effective food distribution in a region with poor infrastructure. Design: The NIS was designed modularly to support the urgent need of a system for the growing food distribution program. The system manages the ordering, storage, packing, shipping, and distribution of fresh produce from AMPATH farms and dry food supplements from the World Food Programme (WFP) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) based on nutritionists' prescriptions for food supplements. Additionally, the system also records details of food distributed to support future studies. Measurements: Patients fed weekly, patient visits per month. Results: With inception of the NIS, the AMPATH food distribution program was able to support 30,000 persons fed weekly, up from 2,000 persons. Patient visits per month also saw a marked increase. Conclusion: The NIS' modular design and frequent, effective interactions between developers and users has positively affected the design, implementation, support, and modifications of the NIS. It demonstrates the success of collaboration between engineering and medical communities, and more importantly the feasibility for technology readily available in a modern country to contribute to healthcare delivery in developing countries like Kenya and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)882-888
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009

Fingerprint

Kenya
Information Systems
Food
Dietary Supplements
United States Agency for International Development
Delivery of Health Care
Nutritionists
Nutritional Support
Food Supply
Africa South of the Sahara
Malnutrition
Developing Countries
Prescriptions
HIV
Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

Cite this

The AMPATH Nutritional Information System : Designing a Food Distribution Electronic Record System in Rural Kenya. / Lim, Jason LitJeh; Yih, Yuehwern; Gichunge, Catherine; Tierney, William M.; Le, Tung H.; Zhang, Jun; Lawley, Mark A.; Petersen, Tomeka J.; Mamlin, Joseph.

In: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Vol. 16, No. 6, 11.2009, p. 882-888.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lim, Jason LitJeh ; Yih, Yuehwern ; Gichunge, Catherine ; Tierney, William M. ; Le, Tung H. ; Zhang, Jun ; Lawley, Mark A. ; Petersen, Tomeka J. ; Mamlin, Joseph. / The AMPATH Nutritional Information System : Designing a Food Distribution Electronic Record System in Rural Kenya. In: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2009 ; Vol. 16, No. 6. pp. 882-888.
@article{1614a173575e4300b425c7c45e1eb8e7,
title = "The AMPATH Nutritional Information System: Designing a Food Distribution Electronic Record System in Rural Kenya",
abstract = "Objective: The AMPATH program is a leading initiative in rural Kenya providing healthcare services to combat HIV. Malnutrition and food insecurity are common among AMPATH patients and the Nutritional Information System (NIS) was designed, with cross-functional collaboration between engineering and medical communities, as a comprehensive electronic system to record and assist in effective food distribution in a region with poor infrastructure. Design: The NIS was designed modularly to support the urgent need of a system for the growing food distribution program. The system manages the ordering, storage, packing, shipping, and distribution of fresh produce from AMPATH farms and dry food supplements from the World Food Programme (WFP) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) based on nutritionists' prescriptions for food supplements. Additionally, the system also records details of food distributed to support future studies. Measurements: Patients fed weekly, patient visits per month. Results: With inception of the NIS, the AMPATH food distribution program was able to support 30,000 persons fed weekly, up from 2,000 persons. Patient visits per month also saw a marked increase. Conclusion: The NIS' modular design and frequent, effective interactions between developers and users has positively affected the design, implementation, support, and modifications of the NIS. It demonstrates the success of collaboration between engineering and medical communities, and more importantly the feasibility for technology readily available in a modern country to contribute to healthcare delivery in developing countries like Kenya and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa.",
author = "Lim, {Jason LitJeh} and Yuehwern Yih and Catherine Gichunge and Tierney, {William M.} and Le, {Tung H.} and Jun Zhang and Lawley, {Mark A.} and Petersen, {Tomeka J.} and Joseph Mamlin",
year = "2009",
month = "11",
doi = "10.1197/jamia.M3139",
language = "English",
volume = "16",
pages = "882--888",
journal = "Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA",
issn = "1067-5027",
publisher = "Oxford University Press",
number = "6",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The AMPATH Nutritional Information System

T2 - Designing a Food Distribution Electronic Record System in Rural Kenya

AU - Lim, Jason LitJeh

AU - Yih, Yuehwern

AU - Gichunge, Catherine

AU - Tierney, William M.

AU - Le, Tung H.

AU - Zhang, Jun

AU - Lawley, Mark A.

AU - Petersen, Tomeka J.

AU - Mamlin, Joseph

PY - 2009/11

Y1 - 2009/11

N2 - Objective: The AMPATH program is a leading initiative in rural Kenya providing healthcare services to combat HIV. Malnutrition and food insecurity are common among AMPATH patients and the Nutritional Information System (NIS) was designed, with cross-functional collaboration between engineering and medical communities, as a comprehensive electronic system to record and assist in effective food distribution in a region with poor infrastructure. Design: The NIS was designed modularly to support the urgent need of a system for the growing food distribution program. The system manages the ordering, storage, packing, shipping, and distribution of fresh produce from AMPATH farms and dry food supplements from the World Food Programme (WFP) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) based on nutritionists' prescriptions for food supplements. Additionally, the system also records details of food distributed to support future studies. Measurements: Patients fed weekly, patient visits per month. Results: With inception of the NIS, the AMPATH food distribution program was able to support 30,000 persons fed weekly, up from 2,000 persons. Patient visits per month also saw a marked increase. Conclusion: The NIS' modular design and frequent, effective interactions between developers and users has positively affected the design, implementation, support, and modifications of the NIS. It demonstrates the success of collaboration between engineering and medical communities, and more importantly the feasibility for technology readily available in a modern country to contribute to healthcare delivery in developing countries like Kenya and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

AB - Objective: The AMPATH program is a leading initiative in rural Kenya providing healthcare services to combat HIV. Malnutrition and food insecurity are common among AMPATH patients and the Nutritional Information System (NIS) was designed, with cross-functional collaboration between engineering and medical communities, as a comprehensive electronic system to record and assist in effective food distribution in a region with poor infrastructure. Design: The NIS was designed modularly to support the urgent need of a system for the growing food distribution program. The system manages the ordering, storage, packing, shipping, and distribution of fresh produce from AMPATH farms and dry food supplements from the World Food Programme (WFP) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) based on nutritionists' prescriptions for food supplements. Additionally, the system also records details of food distributed to support future studies. Measurements: Patients fed weekly, patient visits per month. Results: With inception of the NIS, the AMPATH food distribution program was able to support 30,000 persons fed weekly, up from 2,000 persons. Patient visits per month also saw a marked increase. Conclusion: The NIS' modular design and frequent, effective interactions between developers and users has positively affected the design, implementation, support, and modifications of the NIS. It demonstrates the success of collaboration between engineering and medical communities, and more importantly the feasibility for technology readily available in a modern country to contribute to healthcare delivery in developing countries like Kenya and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=70350458152&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=70350458152&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1197/jamia.M3139

DO - 10.1197/jamia.M3139

M3 - Article

C2 - 19717795

AN - SCOPUS:70350458152

VL - 16

SP - 882

EP - 888

JO - Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA

JF - Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA

SN - 1067-5027

IS - 6

ER -