As part of the network of laboratories RESAMAD has set up a LabBook, which is a free, computerised laboratory management system developed by the Mérieux Foundation
Main beneficiary country:Madagascar
Country of origin: Madagascar
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Many laboratories do not have a computer system that allows them to process data automatically. Patient information and test results are collected in paper format, which involves creating large numbers of copies. The patient data and analyses to be performed are first generally recorded on a bench-top log book, based on the data noted on the request (prescription) forms. The biologist or laboratory technician then performs the analyses, notes the controls and calibrations performed in another log book, and copies the analysis results to the bench-top log book. He then manually completes the analysis report, which he gives to the clinician. The risk of error is therefore high and the information is difficult to compile and process. When the laboratory needs to provide statistics and activity reports, it must reread its paper records and count the patients, identify sexes and ages, as well as the number and type of analyses without digital tools.
LabBook is implemented in Madagascar by providing technical support for laboratory technicians to learn how to use the software. They also benefit from IT support, and learn how to use a computer. In addition, LabBook has the advantage of having a focal point in Madagascar, which can link the RESAMAD and Mérieux Foundation laboratories.
Health professional training - Patient monitoring and medical data
18 Number of beneficiaries since launch
18 Number of users per Day
Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.