HP Technology Helps Enable Rural Haiti’s First Teaching Hospital
It’s not about computer technology – it’s about how technology gets applied to societal problems that makes a difference. To see how true that is, just look at Partners In Health’s (PIH) new Hôspital Universitaire de Mirebalais -- rural Haiti’s first teaching hospital – which celebrated its official opening yesterday.
The 205,000-square foot, 300-bed facility is bringing desperately needed healthcare to a devastated region still recovering from the aftermath of the massive 2010 earthquake. It will provide primary care services to about 185,000 people in Mirebalais and two nearby communities and patients from all of central Haiti and areas in and around Port-au-Prince will also be able to receive secondary and tertiary care.
The hospital will also provide high-quality education for the next generation of Haitian nurses, medical students, and resident physicians.
HP is proud to have been a primary technology partner in helping to bring Partners In Health’s vision to life. We’d already been in discussions with PIH about potential ways we could work together before the earthquake struck. Afterwards the urgency of the situation escalated plans and we confirmed our commitment to become one of the primary technology partners for the hospital.
HP provided IT infrastructure to support the applications needed to run a modern hospital of this scale as well as critical communications systems. We outfitted the hospital with a high-capacity server rack that provides connectivity across the campus via thin clients, wireless access points, and VoIP phones. HP workstations are situated throughout the hospital, equipped with 27-inch monitors to enable teaching opportunities in the operating rooms and optimum radiology image viewing.
HP technology is a vital enabler throughout the hospital. The electronic medical record system housed on HP servers allows hospital staff to quickly refer to and update patient records, providing Haitian clinicians with information they need to diagnose and treat patients. The IT systems enable staff to access medical information such as the PACS radiology system and a pharmacy and inventory management system. HP systems also provide access to standard office systems such as email, Word, Excel, access to the internet, file storage and more.
HP also provided videoconferencing capabilities that will enable staff to interact with physicians anywhere in the world to help diagnose and treat patients, and facilitate training.
Mirebalais can be seen as a showcase for what is possible – even when you’re operating within severe constraints, you can still build a state-of-the-art hospital that delivers leading edge health services. It stands as a wonderful proof point for how these types of hospitals and services can be offered in other countries dealing with similar situations.