LAGOS, NIGERIA â€“ October 30, 2013 -Lagoon Hospitals achieved another major milestone with the recent investment in a new, completely electronic system for keeping patients’ medical records – a move that will more closely integrate patient care for its hospitals and physician practices. This has been implemented across the various sites ofÂ Lagoon Hospitals in Lagos, Nigeria.
An Electronic Medical Record system is a toolkit that enables clinical transformation becomes the source of truth for a patient’s journey within hospitals and provides a framework for patient-centered healthcare delivery. This new system has been introduced as part of the innovation of the whole Information System for business and patient care processes at the hospitals.Â Â Speaking on this development, the Chief Operating Officer, (COO) of the Hospital, Dr. Naseem Mohammed, said “The Electronic Medical Record System (EMR) allows Lagoon Hospitalsâ€™ to create a unique record database of all patient’s medical and critical information such as medical history, future appointments, current medications, allergies, etc. Using an EMR enables continuous improvement in healthcare delivery by capturing structured information, supporting interoperability across systems and by enabling active decision support through the ability to access and interrogate medical data .
Dr. Jimi Coker, the Group Clinical Advisor and Chairman of the EMR Committee at Lagoon Hospitals said that this initiative has major benefits to all of Lagoonsâ€™ esteemed clients some of which are :
- Â Â Â Easy access to patient records irrespective of where the patient is accessing care.
- Â Â Â Reduced waiting time (time saved from retrieval of files, lab results, X-rays)
- Â Â Â Legibility of handwriting, reducing errors in orders
- Â Â Â Better management of the appointment system
- Â Â Â More space in the hospital, which means a more conducive environment when visiting
Also commenting on the successful implementation of EMR, the Hygeia Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) â€“ Mr. Lars Stork, in his statement said â€œLagoon Hospitals continue to prove that we are indeed pioneers in Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria.Â This milestone is a major accomplishment for us and will promote patient safety and enhance the customer’s experience. Our priority as a group is to consistently deliver quality healthcare that exceed customers expectations. Our investment in these initiatives confirms our commitment to our strategic objective of being the first choice for healthcare solutions of international standards in Nigeria. As we continue to invest in high quality healthcare systems, we certainly encourage Nigerians to take full benefit from these investments.
Lagoon Hospitals group is the 1st Hospital in Sub-Saharan Africa to earn accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI), an international endorser for excellence in clinical practices in patient care and safety.Â Â The JCI seal at Lagoon Hospitals is a testimony of its commitment to Quality and Patient safety, which is achieved after an extended rigorous survey process by JCI (USA).
Lagoon Hospitals group is part of the Hygeia group, Nigeriaâ€™s foremost private integrated healthcare services provider, which also include Hygeia HMO, Hygeia Community Health Care, and Hygeia Foundation.Â Lagoon Hospitals provide a range ofÂ primary to tertiary healthcare services across the five sites: Lagoon Hospital Apapa, Lagoon Hospital Awolowo Way Ikeja, Lagoon Clinic Adeniyi Jones Ikeja, Lagoon Specialist Suites and Lagoon Hospital Victoria Island.