MED International’s equipment management software (MiEMS) is an Internet database that is used to maintain an inventory of hospital equipment and monitor this inventory’s functionality, currently used in Zanzibar, Tanzania. This software helps to create an effective supply chain for hospital equipment by
(1) enabling hospital technicians to systematize equipment repairs;
(2) providing information about existing equipment needs to equipment-donating NGOs and the Ministry of Health (MOH); and
(3) enabling the MOH and MED International to evaluate the effectiveness of equipment donation and repair processes.
Many developing regions lack a sufficient supply of critically needed medical equipment because 1) needs for additional equipment are not met and 2) broken machines remain unrepaired.Equipment needs are not met because hospitals do not have up-to-date inventories. Administrators are thus unable to communicate their institutions' equipment needs to international NGOs. As a result, donated equipment is often irrelevant to the clinical setting.
Machines remain unrepaired because there is no established system to report and manage equipment breakdowns. With limited information about the location of broken equipment, equipment technicians work ineffectively, repairing equipment in an ad hoc manner rather than prioritizing critical repairs.
Literature from the World Health Organization (WHO) states that healthcare interventions that include a software management program are 2.64 times more likely to create positive health outcomes in patients.
The total cost of implementing MiEMS in Zanzibar is 27,400 €. The cost of software development, largely funded by the MOH, is 7,900 €. The cost of in-country staff to manage MiEMS’ launch in Zanzibar is 19,500 €. The employment of in-country staff is critical to the success of this intervention, as poor implementation of a skeletal version of this technology by the MOH in August 2012 resulted in limited impact upon equipment availability on the ground.
Stage of development: ready for serial production
Each machine repaired translates to more usage and more lives saved. Adopting our solutions creates more effective and efficient technicians, lowers costs for delivering care, and betters human health where it is most dangerous to be ill.
First piloted in Zanzibar, technicians repaired 300,000 USD in equipment with less than 500 € in spare parts. This corresponded to a 23% increase in the use of life-saving equipment with inpatient procedures and premature infants seeing a 30% increase in equipment utilization.
Organization: MED International
Contact: Carlota Paredes Serras
Used by: Zanzibar
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