Summary

KMRI aims to introduce a cloud based electronic medical record system in Kibera, Nairobi (one of Africa’s largest peri-urban settlements), in order to improve access to outpatient medical care, encourage a referral system across clinics, and enable the evaluation of disease trends in the setting of a mapped out environment.

The Story

The Beginning

The idea of KMRI began while Abdullah and Abraam were in Kenya working on the Kenya Ceramic Project in 2008/2009. They went to visit Kibera as there was a clinic in the community that wanted to purchase one of the filters and proposed an idea to bring clean water to Kibera. Through further conversation, people from the Kibera community suggested that we build a clinic. In 2010, our team began to study the Kibera environment and build a baseline assessment to assess whether building a clinic was feasible. In 2011, some of our team went to Kibera to evaluate the infrastructure and to administer the baseline assessment. The result of the research was that Kibera had over 93 clinics in the area; the health infrastructure was already available. However, we discovered that the problem was not the lack of infrastructure but rather it was a systematic problem, as none of these clinics communicated to each other or referred patients to one another. From various stakeholder and community consultations, we can up with the idea of introducing a cloud based electronic medical record system that provided a referral system across clinics that leveraged local resources reduced burden on inhabitants on traveling to local hospitals to seek outpatient care. From that moment, KMRI was born.

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Need

Our vision is to develop and implement a cloud based patient medical record system for Kibera; providing proper patient care and treatment while evaluating community health, epidemiology and disease trends in the setting of a mapped out environment.

Project Timeline

Winter 2001

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Summer 2011

  • Completed a comprehensive baseline assessment
  • Conducted a baseline clinical survey to evaluate the current medical systems in place and to identify specific features that will be necessary to incorporate in an electronic medical record system.
  • Investigated the Kibera environment to identify the proper infrastructure necessary in order to support KMRI.
  • Held various stakeholder consultations to ensure feasibility of KMRI and to get buy-in from the community members and clinics.

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News

Show Your Work! Two Papers from the KMRI Project

ICChange believes in sharing the lessons we have learned and the successes we have earned working alongside our partners. In that spirit, …