The national register of electronic health records in Peru

Le Mag Article | 07 Oct 2014
In May 2013, the Peruvian Congress decided to create a national registry of electronic health records to modernise care services provided in all health facilities in the country. The national register will be interconnected between the Ministry of Health (MINSA) and the National Registry of Identification and Civil Status (RENIEC). In addition, another law was passed mandating the use of electronic health records in hospitals nationwide within five years.

The development of the IT platform ensuring the storage of electronic health records, called "Storage Centre”, has been entrusted to the Fund for Innovation, Science and Technology (Fincyt) and a private company specialising in the use of ICT in the health sector LOLIMSA The platform will allow easier consultation of the clinical and medical data of patients, saving significant time (in terms of administrative procedures), but also creating considerable financial savings for the state. 

Those responsible for the implementation of the “Storage Centre” will help hospitals and clinics to quickly adapt to the law. They point out that the formats of electronic storage of health records and the transfer of medical data must meet the international standards used by data centres.


Focus on two facilities

In november 2013, theArzobispo Loayza National Hospital in Lima was the first hospital to implement an integrated hospital management system including electronic patient records and e-prescriptions. The programme was implemented through a software developed by an Informatics Unit of the Peruvian Public Healthcare Institution.

The IT team of the Institution not only worked on the two aforementioned projects but also on upstream processes such as electronic medical appointments, test results, etc.

Dr Zarela Solis Vasquez, the executive director of the hospital, said that "the implementation of the Management System will be carried out systematically in two stages: the first stage concerns the care teams, the second stage concerns the administrative teams. Gradually, this modern system will be accessible on a computer, a tablet or smartphone".

In addition, she also announced that the Arzobispo Loayzava National Hospital would give the software to two other facilities the Víctor Ramos Guardia - Huaraz Hospital and the National Hospital Dos de Mayo.

The third hospital to implement electronic medical records, in December 2013, was the Cayetano Heredia National Hospital. The hospital has 600 computers used in different services: outpatient, inpatient, emergency, operating room but also by the administrative staff.

The Director of the National Hospital Cayetano Heredia, Edgardo Dulanto Monteverde, declared at the time :

"This modern system is 80% functional; there are only a few improvements to make and the acquisition of additional equipment is also foreseen."

The director also explained that an interconnected system will be established, allowing the inclusion of the results of blood tests and x-rays in each patient’s medical record. "If the patient wants a second opinion, the history may be sent directly by email. The patient can save this information and share it with other specialists."

Crédits Photo : @ EHealth Reporter Latin America 2011