Study Chronicles Electronic Health Records Successes in Mexico
A new MEASURE Evaluation study documents an electronic health records (EHR) service carried out in Colima, Mexico. The service, known as Management of the Electronic Health Record in Colima (SAECCOL, in Spanish), was implemented in the region in 2005 in order to best meet the expectations and needs specific to the area’s health workers. MEASURE Evaluation conducted a case study of this system from August to November, 2011, in order to provide information about the system’s design, implementation, and benefits. The study is titled Electronic Health Records in Colima, Mexico: Case Study on Design and Implementation.
Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health and Tulane University developed the study design and analysis. Both quantitative and qualitative data (the latter gathered from in-depth interviews and focus groups) were analyzed for the case study. Study participants said that, overall, they felt that the EHR system in Colima was beneficial to health care services. Key reasons they provided include better organization of health services, the ability to monitor the productivity of health units and health personnel, and improving health information availability.
When the SAECCOL system study was being carried out, the system had already been implemented in 50% of the Colima region’s health centers and three hospitals there (75% coverage).
The study’s results are intended to provide recommendations for improving the EHR system, as well as serve as a guide for how to develop and strengthen EHR systems in other Mexican states and Latin American and Caribbean countries. Mexico’s EHR approach is currently being updated and expanded in line with the State Development Plan for 2009-2015.