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Innovative approaches to application of information technology in disease surveillance and prevention in Western Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Wilson Odero, Joseph Rotich, Constantin T Yiannoutsos, Tom Ouna, William M Tierney
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-10T13:09:11Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-10T13:09:11Z
dc.date.issued 2007-08-01
dc.identifier.citation 43 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.maseno.ac.ke/handle/123456789/1940
dc.description The article can also be accessed in full text via URL,https://www.sciencedirect.com en_US
dc.description.abstract We describe an electronic injury surveillance system that provides data for improving patient care and monitoring injury incidenceand distribution patterns. Patients with injuries visiting a rural Kenyan primary care center were enrolled consecutively over 14 months.Injury information was added onto an existing medical record database that captures data for each patient visit. A new injury dataencounter form and entry screen were created that included geographical coordinates of the injury site. These coordinates were obtainedusing a handheld global positioning system (GPS) device, and data were downloaded to the database and linked to each patient. Wecreated digital maps of injury spatial distribution using geography information systems (GIS) software and correlated injury type andlocation with patients’ clinical data. A computerized medical record system, complemented by GIS technology and an injury-specificcomponent, presents a valuable tool for injury surveillance, epidemiology, prevention and control for communities served by a specifichealth facility en_US
dc.publisher Academic Press en_US
dc.subject Electronic medical record; Geography information system;Injury surveillance en_US
dc.title Innovative approaches to application of information technology in disease surveillance and prevention in Western Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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