Sheikh Zayed is a large semi government hospital in Lahore, the closest thing one can compare to Agha Khan hospital in the Punjab. Then I guess its no wonder that recently when the E-government directorate sent out a tender asking for a Hospital Information Management solutions (HMIS) nearly 25 plus vendors (HMIS specific or not) -including- Agha Khan, (surprising since it normally keeps its IT solution strictly as an internal system) responded to the tender. The winner is yet to be decided in this lucrative and credential building project. After all, if you are a hospital IT solutions vendor ,you want the bragging rights of automating one of the largest hospitals in the country. This, along with civil hospital in Karachi could be the biggest two Hospital IT system implementations this year.
With so many hospitals (Army CMH, Civil, Abbasi, and now Sh. Zayed) option to automate this year, the HMIS market is exploding and with no real barriers to entry, every other small software house wants part of the pie. It is upto the Hospitals to do their homework and ask for the right credentials and right requirements when it comes to their software requirements. This is usually done through an independent consultancy firm that has -no- affiliation to software houses. (chee, we wont find that in this country now will we… ) . All these projects will drag on for atleast a year or two and what will probably happen is that once the dust settles we will be left with 2-3 strong local vendors and maybe 2 foreign solutions (implemented through local vendors) emerging in this market, which have a track record of actually implementing and successfully running these HMIS solutions. As always with ERPs its not the software that will determine success as much as the project and people management skills of the vendors implementation teams. Good luck to them.