Design and implementation of a clinical laboratory information system in a low-resource setting

In this 2019 journal article published in the African Journal of Laboratory Medicine, Mtonga et al. describe the efforts of developing a laboratory information system (LIS) for resource-poor regions, as well the benefits of other informatics interventions in those settings. Using open-source C4G BLIS as their base, the researchers then turned to “user stories” as a recommended method for determining the system requirements the end users required, then updating with those requirements as well as critical functionality that would suitable for resource-poor hospitals and labs. The authors then deployed the resulting LIS in Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. They conclude their experience “highlights the potential of using informatics interventions to address systemic problems in the laboratory testing process in low-resource settings,” though the implementation of those interventions “may require innovation of new hardware to address various contextual issues.”

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