Captions: 1. Dr Clement Malau officially opens the Goroka hospital’s business resource centre; 2. Robert Schilt IT Manager, Dr Joseph Apa CEO and Dr Clement Malau
This was a momentous occasion for hospital staff, management and the board and a unique opportunity for the hospital to share about its IT achievements over the past 18 months and also how an Open Source Software (OSS) approach can provide long term tangible benefits and savings to the national health system and other hospitals within
The opening of the centre has been 12 months in the planning and finally it happened.
The Health Secretary, CEO’s from each of the Highlands hospitals, senior staff from the Health Department, AUSAID advisors and
Hospital chief executive officer Dr Joseph Apa told of how it had saved thousands of kina in computer software costs and should be an example to other hospitals in the country.
He said the decision by the hospital to adopt
“Open Source Operating Systems such as Linux Ubuntu are essentially immune to viruses,” Dr Apa said.
“The hospital has not had one virus incident in the last 12 months.
“What’s really ironic is that none of our Open Source PC’s and laptops actually runs any form of virus protection software.
“By going down the Open Source path we have essentially bypassed the prohibitive costs associated with licensed software such as Microsoft Office and Virus Protection.
“This in itself has saved
“We have now started the process of investigating Open Source options for an electronic patient records System, something that all hospitals around PNG are desperately needing, and I am amazed at the rich collection of quality Health Information System (HIS) related applications currently available through the Open Source Community.
“The ultimate objective in introducing electronic information systems at
“This goal will only be achieved through the provision of efficient, reliable and integrated Health Information Systems that are cost effective.”
Information Technology manager Robert Schilt emphasised the IT achievements at the hospital, many a first for a public hospital in PNG:
• Deployment of 60 PC’s and laptops including a Local Area Network (first hospital in PNG);
• Establishment of a business resource centre (first hospital in PNG);
• Setting of a training room and course(s) with 100-plus staff trained (first hospital in PNG)
• Monthly meetings of an IM&T Steering Committee (first hospital in PNG)
• Hospital website and online health forum www.ggh.org.pg (first hospital in PNG)
• Access to the Hinari subscription (first hospital in PNG)
• Development of an organisational Intranet (first hospital in PNG)
• Recent media coverage (first hospital in PNG).
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