The Sindh government recently released a tender for a comprehensive Hospital ERP system (also know as an HMIS, Hospital Information Management System) for Civil Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the country. Civil, as its mostly known has the largest number of incoming patients in Karachi on any given day and by and large runs on a completely manual system. The multi-crore valued tender calls for a vendor that has deployed similar HMIS systems in atleast 7-10 hospitals of similar size, and the inclusion of a PACs imaging component, thereby destroying any hopes of a locally built solution to be installed here, even though there are many.
What is good news is that the government has woken up to reality : Hospitals need robust HMIS systems to properly treat patients. Several private hospitals in Pakistan already run their own HMIS solutions, the largest and most notable being Agha Khan Hospital’s. Liaquat National has also contracted with Kalsoft for a system but news is that the project is on rocky ground so far. I hope the contract goes to a vendor with a local software solution though, not one that comes from abroad (which in Civil’s case seems like it will be a foreign software solution). We need to build up our own expertise, not import expensive software. We need to train our own people. If thats “reinventing the wheel” then lets reinvent it. Atleast we’ll learn how its done.