Table 1

Needs Assessment of Health Centres and Laboratories

Health Centres

All information displayed to mirror paper forms

Find patient by name despite constant misspellings

Fast access despite low bandwidth

Easily access patient's individual result and history of all results

For a sample view all tests performed and date when sample was taken

View all recent results by HC

Track all tests pending by HC

Access information on samples collected in other institutions (e.g. while hospitalized, prior to transfer to their HC)

Email notification of new test results

Print out a test result in the official MINSA format

Display trend in DST requests by HC

Show MDR-TB patients not appropriate treatment

Current patients failing treatment

Access latest information on evidence-based TB treatment


Integrate into laboratory workflow with minimal disturbance or increased work

Search for sample by ID number

Individual results printed in current paper form

Aggregate reporting for all tests entered

Ability to view all culture and DST results reported within an arbitrary time period

Improve quality control of test results

Ability to modify or "grow" system with continual requirements

Compatibility with existing computerized information systems

Blaya et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2007 7:33   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-7-33

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