The Chef Executive Officer of the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH), Dr. Daniel Asare is assuring patients who visit the facility that their records are safer and more secured with the hospital’s transformation of service delivery recordings from manual to electronic.
Dr. Asare said, professionals at the facility are strictly complying with the Data Protection Legislation in order not to compromise their code of ethics.
The Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, from the beginning of this year, took the giant step as the first public teaching hospital to implement the Electronic Health Record System in Ghana.
Responding to concerns of the safety of records in an integrated system, Dr. Asare explained that the system operates on a local area network and offers opportunity for a more secure system of record keeping, which is better than the old system.
Dr Daniel Asare said proper record keeping has been a problem in a lot of hospitals and the authorities want to remedy it using the electronic system.
With the implementation of the paperless system, a major concern that has come up is the safety and confidentiality of patient’s records.
However, the CEO of the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital says, no one will have access to patient’s medical records in order to stigmatize them.
Dr Asare says the new system keeps information between only the Doctor and the patient.