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KZN flood got to patient files before digital system rollout ...

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KZN flood got to patient files before digital system rollout could

Provincial health department wants to expedite the introduction of its e-health system to avoid further record loss

Senior reporter

Had the KwaZulu-Natal health department fully implemented its e-health system, the medical records of scores of patients would not have been damaged in the recent floods.

While the department is trying to make good on its commitment to do away with “an outdated, paper-based record management system”, administrative and IT system hurdles have thrown a spanner in the works.

Provincial health MEC Nomagugu Simelane told the provincial legislature during her budget speech on Tuesday: “If we had our e-health system up and running, we would have been spared the damage caused to many of our patient files in some clinics due to the recent floods...

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