The Upper East Regional Hospital in Bolgatanga has started on pilot bases, the paperless system of health service delivery, to facilitate fast and effective Heath delivery to patients in and outside the region.
This came to light when the Upper East Regional branch of the Ghana Tourism Authority, distributed chocolates, cocoa products, and other assorted items among children admitted to the Children’s ward as part of activities marking Valentine and Chocolate Day.
The paperless system, which would gradually replace the folder system, is being practiced by the Upper East Regional Hospital in Bolgatanga with patients who receive health care on out-patient bases, while those for admission still use their folders to access services.
The Records unit which is usually crowded with patients waiting to take their folders was free as at the time GBC’s Radio Ghana visited the place.
The Upper East Regional Hospital has a 220-bed capacity which serves as a referral centre for all the health facilities in the region.
A medical officer at the hospital, Dr. Samuel Aborah, said the digitization will avoid losses and enable the facility to get the full cost of services it renders to patients.
The Head of the Paediatric Department at the Upper East Regional Hospital, Mark Anthony Azongo, said the needy fund and other measures put in place by the facility is contributing significantly towards reducing mortality.
Speaking to GBC’s Radio Ghana, the Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Henry Yeleduor, said the donation to the Children’s ward is aimed at promoting the patronage of chocolate and cocoa products and consequently its health benefits.
It was observed that some patients were struggling to adjust to the paperless system.