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Health information science student works to improve healthcare in Kenya on international work term

Andrew Abuleal

Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi

Fourth-year health information science student Andrew Abuleal spent a co-op work term in Nairobi, Kenya, where he worked for the Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi. Throughout the term, he supported the implementation of the MEDITECH Expanse electronic health record system, which would give care-providers more satisfaction in their day as well as foster safe, comfortable patient experiences. Andrew reflects on his co-op experience below.

Improving healthcare in Kenya

I have been extremely grateful for the connections I have been able to make both inside and outside of work over my work term in Kenya. More recently, I have started to get involved in the project team supporting the initial stages of the MEDITECH Expanse electronic health record (EHR) project at Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi. My colleagues and met with the departments in the hospital to analyze the current state workflows of the hospital management information system that is currently in use. Further supporting the early stages of this large-scale project, I was in charge of developing a stakeholder management toolkit survey which was used to obtain quantitative data that will assess the readiness of involved stakeholders on the anticipated changes with the EHR implementation.

I found it highly interesting to learn about some of the baseline differences between health information technology solutions in the East African healthcare context compared to Canada. I am extremely thankful for the School of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria for providing me with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I know will be very beneficial towards both the personal and professional growth in my career.

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