HMIS System Upgrade Will Improve Patient Care and Maximize Revenue

In 2013, with support from FOT, Tenwek introduced its first Health Management Information System (HMIS). This massive project created integrated electronic patient records; streamlined patient accounting; improved payroll processing and personnel records; and enhanced the hospital’s ability to monitor, assess, and forecast its financial information. As a result, Tenwek’s patient care and administrative operations were significantly improved.

Tenwek’s medical staff appreciates the opportunities provided by electronic patient medical records and administrators value the financial insights the integrated HMIS has provided. They are eager to implement an update that will further enhance care and improve processes.

The time and expense invested in building a network, installing workstations and training Tenwek staff to handle a computerized process laid the groundwork for future upgrades – and the future is now!

Tenwek is embarking on a new business model that will enable hospital administrators to conduct an accurate assessment of the profit and loss components of its medical services with analysis by cost-centers. Recognizing that “with no margin, there is no mission,” the new IT DOSE clinical system, in combination with Kinetics financial package, will provide more efficient delivery of patient care as well as clarity on how to maximize the hospital’s opportunities for revenue in order to cover services for needy patients.

The new HMIS is an essential element of Tenwek’s tomorrow. It will lay the groundwork for continued hospital growth and help build a more sustainable future.

Because this is a critical need – and can be effectively addressed even in the midst of the pandemic – the FOT Board is making it an immediate priority to raise $250,000 – approximately one-half of the system’s cost – as soon as possible. To make a gift in support of this critical initiative, please use the button below to access a secure, online form.

December COVID-19 Update

The Republic of Kenya has now recorded over 88,000 COVID-19 positive test results, with over 1,500 fatalities. To date, the total number of COVID-19 cases diagnosed at Tenwek has reached 171. Twenty patients have died and 38 staff members have contracted the virus. Eighteen patients are currently receiving care in the 21-bed dedicated COVID Holding Area & Care Unit (CHACU), with some awaiting test results.

The 21-bed CHACU has been fully occupied at times, with the Lower Holding Area also being used for convalescing patients. Despite success with home-based care, Tenwek leaders expect the surge of cases requiring hospitalization to continue for some time. Please continue to pray for Tenwek’s patients and staff, and for their families. 

Staffing the CHACU requires a team of more than 35 people, which includes nurses, medical officers, clinical officers, housekeepers and other ancillary positions. This emergency has placed a significant strain on the hospital’s contingency resources.
FOT’s Board of Directors has pledged to provide $60,000 over the next three months in support of staffing needs in the COVID-dedicated unit.

If you would like to make a gift in support of this urgent need at Tenwek, please use the button below to open a secure online form.