How Can Hospitals in Afghanistan Become Smart

Hospitals and clinics in Afghanistan have medical record system with poor accuracy, in which errors of clinicians are not captured. Since, surveillance and research in hospitals are heavily reliant on collecting accurate data on processes and outcomes of care, substantial improvement is needed in medical record accuracy.[1]

Dozens of consultations are carried our each month in these clinics and hospitals, however, patient data is recorded manually, then stored by the medical record section in physical folders. Often times the medical record department loses the physical records or in some cases the patients take original physical files without a copy handed over to medical record department of the clinic or hospital . Based on JS Consultancy Services visits of  hospitals and clinics in Parwan and Kabul provinces, it’s found that patients’ data within clinics and hospitals is not used for decision making, research and learning purposes. The main reasons identified for such lack of usability of patients’s data are difficulty in retrieval, due to huge number of physical records, and improper recording of data.

In this article I am going to introduce three open source Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems with their pros and cons. These systems can help clinics and hospitals save resources, have a centralized EMR system, improve services by modifying processes and make future decisions based on data available at their computer screens.  (more…)

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Open Source School Management Solutions – A Comparison

There are several school management solutions available in the market, however, it’s still a challenge for schools to shift from the manual i.e. book keeping system to the digital system. Awareness, cost and support services are some of the main reasons why schools are still managed manually.

Luckily there are several school management software solutions out of which I have selected a few and have provided pros and cons for each. 

1. School Tool:

School Tool is built specifically to meet the needs of New York State (NYS) or NYS certified schools in the United States.

http://book.schooltool.org/screenshots.html

Pros:

School Tool is a web based school management system, which makes it easy for administrators, faculty, and staff to navigate, to record and report information faster and easier.

School Tool has a handful of features that include but are not limited to:

  • Easy-to-use advanced search
  • Track, monitor, and report on faculty and students
  • View students attendance class performance history
  • Communicate with school and district personnel
  • Mobile access to critical information
  • Easily change student schedules with drag-and-drop tools
  • Generate report cards and transcripts
  • Manage graduation requirements and students’ course history
  • Complex searches, grade search, and assessment tracking
  • Online help for all users

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JSCS Business Solutions

Why Do Afghan Organizations Need Well Designed Business Solutions

Since 2001, the fate of Afghan economy was changed with the help of international community and hard-working Afghans. Existing governmental, non-governmental and private institution received aid and improved their business processes and meanwhile it was an absolute astounding opportunity for new businesses as well. As a result of Afghanistan government’s collaborative effort, Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) was established. AISA made it possible for Afghans to easily register new businesses and the year 2005 – 2009 was a booming period of new business.

To compete and achieve greater results, the new businesses must adopt well defined organizational standards and integrate technology into their business ecosystem. Majority of the Afghan-based businesses still use traditional pen and paper based model to manage their finances, human resources, sales and marketing, production management, asset management and other relevant business operations. The conventional model works perfectly fine but it lacks the crucial aspects of fast paced reporting  when it comes to strategic planning and management. With the help of new and innovative business solutions, Afghanistan based business can leverage the opportunity to compete and grow efficiently and gain more market share. With improved business processes and innovative technology integration, businesses can always have quick snapshot of their overall organizational performance and can plan ahead their operations. This is the point where Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) tools come of great use. With the help of these advanced ERP software, you can automate and integrate many of your business processes. (more…)

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