March 23, 2011
Computer-generated reminders can improve clinician adherence to CD4 testing guidelines in resource-limited settings in sub-Saharan Africa -- a step vital to patient treatment -- according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, the International Business Times reports. The findings, based on the use of an open source electronic medical record system, known as OpenMRS, at clinics in Kenya, suggest "reminders might be able to help solve a real problem in countries where doctors are in short supply," the news service writes. "The clinics are part of the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) program, which cares for more than 120,000 HIV-infected adults and children at 25 main clinical sites in Western Kenya," IBT writes (Emspak, 3/21).
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