Driving Change in Healthcare: MedTrack’s Pilot Project in Gomoa East District

MedTrack Technologies
MedTrack Africa
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5 min readJul 17, 2023

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Gomoa East District Health Director, Felix A. Adipare, with a section of the MedTrack Team

We are thrilled to announce an exciting development in healthcare services for the Gomoa East District. The Gomoa East District Health Directorate is taking a significant step to implement MedTrack, our health information system that leverages patients’ national biometric ID as a unique identifier. This initiative, in the form of an MOU between the parties, aims to transform healthcare delivery, enhance patient experiences, and improve overall health outcomes. The initial phase of implementation will commence at the Buduatta Health Centre and Nyanyano Health Centre, representing diverse healthcare settings within the district.

A Vibrant and Inclusive Community: The Gomoa East District is renowned for its vibrant and thriving community, composed of a diverse population of 322,000 individuals, including 161,483 females and 153,697 males. This diverse community encompasses rural, suburban, and urban residents alongside the Budumburam sub-district — a refugee camp established by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1990. Budumburam provides a haven for more than 12,000 refugees who sought refuge from Liberia during the First Liberian Civil War (1989–1996) and the Second Liberian Civil War (1999–2003), as well as refugees from Sierra Leone who escaped the Civil War (1991–2002). The Gomoa East District exemplifies solidarity and resilience by embracing diversity and promoting inclusivity.

Gomoa East Sub-district population and gender distribution

Embracing Diversity: The strategic selection of the Buduatta and Nyanyano Health Centres for the initial MedTrack implementation showcases our commitment to embracing diversity in healthcare. These two facilities represent contrasting ends of the district spectrum: Nyanyano, a highly populated suburban area of about 120,000 residents and Buduatta, a hard-to-reach community of about 30,000 residents. By deploying MedTrack in these varied environments, we aim to test and refine the system’s capabilities to cater to the diverse needs of different healthcare settings. This approach ensures that the product is robust, adaptable, and capable of delivering tangible benefits across the entire district.

Understanding the District: Our focus on providing comprehensive healthcare services recognizes the specific needs of Women in the Fertility Age (WIFA), which accounts for 77,232 individuals. Furthermore, as we prioritize the well-being of expectant mothers, we acknowledge the expected number of pregnancies, which reached an impressive 12,872 in 2022. These figures underscore the importance of implementing MedTrack to improve the district’s maternal and reproductive healthcare outcomes.

A mother on her way to post-natal care at the Buduatta Health Centre

Robust Healthcare Infrastructure: To ensure effective coverage and service delivery, the Gomoa East District is divided into five subdistricts, each playing a crucial role in the district’s healthcare ecosystem. Within this well-structured framework, a remarkable 46 health facilities are strategically positioned to provide essential medical services to the district’s residents. The implementation of MedTrack, with its integration of the Ghana Card, Ghana’s national biometric ID, will harness the potential of this extensive healthcare infrastructure. It will optimize workflows and facilitate seamless coordination among healthcare providers while preventing duplication of patient records and ensuring efficient access to healthcare services for all citizens.

A Transformative Journey: With the agreement firmly in place and armed with these significant district metrics, we are on the cusp of embarking on a transformative journey in Gomoa’s healthcare landscape. The initial implementation at the Buduatta and Nyanyano Health Centres will serve as a catalyst for the seamless expansion of MedTrack throughout the entire district. By leveraging the potential of this innovative system, we aim to enhance healthcare accessibility, improve health outcomes through better monitoring and reporting channels, optimize the quality of care delivery, and ultimately improve the overall well-being of the district.

Presentation of Computers for Processing Digital Records to the Nyanyano Healthcare by the MedTrack Team

Primary Care: Our unwavering focus has always been on enhancing primary healthcare delivery, and the pilot project in the Gomoa East district exemplifies this core principle. Primary care plays a crucial role in the early detection, prevention, and management of various health conditions. Recognizing that primary care serves as the foundation for healthcare, it is imperative to establish robust systems that can substantially improve care from its roots. Through the implementation of the MedTrack Health Information system at this level, our goal is to digitize and streamline the fundamental unit of care while leveraging the invaluable data it generates to catalyze the development of future health technology services.

OPD Nursing Station at the Buduatta Health Centre

Paths to Scale: Our commitment to enhancing patient care across multiple facilities aligns with the public healthcare sector and supports the Ghana Health Service’s roadmap to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through the Network of Practice. The Network of Practice refers to a strategic interconnection of public and/or private health service delivery sites, working collaboratively through an administrative and clinical management model. This model promotes a structure and culture prioritizing client care and sharing responsibility for health outcomes. MedTrack’s interoperable system, with its integration of national biometric ID, facilitates seamless information exchange and collaboration, aligning perfectly with the principles of the Network of Practice. By leveraging this framework, we can catalyze the scale and impact of MedTrack across multiple districts, supporting Ghana’s efforts to achieve UHC and improve healthcare accessibility and quality for all citizens.

The pilot of MedTrack in the Gomoa East District marks a significant milestone in the quest to improve Ghana’s healthcare system and, eventually, Africa. With the Gomoa East District at the forefront of this initiative, we anticipate a transformation in healthcare accessibility, efficiency, and patient experiences. By leveraging the power of technology and integrating national biometric ID, we are poised to revolutionize healthcare delivery and drive positive change in the lives of Ghana’s residents. As we embark on this exciting journey, we invite all stakeholders to join us in shaping the future of healthcare in Africa. Together, we can build a healthier, thriving continent.

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