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Supporting VMMC and HIV Prevention with Lynx-HCF

Published 2021-09-01 09:27:56

 

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) is a key intervention in reducing the incidence of new HIV infections within high-risk communities. According to a review published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), randomised controlled trials in sub-Saharan Africa have shown that circumcision reduces the risk of acquiring HIV infection in men by approximately 60%.1

Since 2007, The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have endorsed VMMC as a vital component of HIV prevention strategies that link men to other HIV services.2 As a result, implementing partners and programme managers involved in accelerating VMMC service delivery across Southern Africa require technologies that improve service efficiency, maximise safety and effectiveness, decrease programme costs, and encourage greater demand for VMMC services.

Yet as it stands, VMMC programmes continue to face a myriad of challenges that affect service delivery. Factors such as disparate patient records across multiple systems, paper-based data collection methods, and human resource limitations make expanding access to VMMC services an arduous task. In order to support implementing partners and donors in scaling up VMMC programmes, Qode Health Solutions has developed a comprehensive software solution that eliminates the need for paper-based data collection and manual reporting systems.

The Lynx-HCF (VMMC) CarePlan is built on Lynx-HCF, a cloud-based patient management system that supports accurate data collection, patient data management, and reporting. Through Lynx-HCF, we have digitised patient data management and programme monitoring workflows into one central system. The system includes an electronic medical record (EMR) and the ability to use this information to auto-populate government standard clinical stationery, removing the inefficiencies of capturing the same information multiple times. The solution also allows for back capturing so that older paper-based records can be included after transition to the Lynx-HCF system.

Because Lynx-HCF is built on cloud-based technology, patient clinical information is accessible from any location on a range of various devices (web, mobile, tablets) by users (doctors, nurses, patients & healthcare personnel, and service providers). The software’s mobile-friendly functionality also enables users to digitally capture HIV tests, screen for COVID-19, and complete mental health assessments at the point of care. Users can additionally document pre-operative medical examinations, post-operative review visits, surgery notes and recovery room notes.

Lynx HCF also provides VMMC programmes with dynamic and static reports produced by Qode Knowledge Center. Knowledge Center is a centralised data warehouse that transforms high volumes of data from multiple health information management systems into fully customisable interactive reports that update in near real-time. Reports produced by Knowledge Center are displayed visually through user-friendly dashboards that can filter data specific to patient, facility, or region for data-driven decision-making.

Lynx-HCF is co-developed by Health Care Framework and Qode Health Solutions. Qode is a Certified Microsoft Gold Partner, which means that Lynx-HCF complies with international software development, data processing, and data hosting standards, including ISO, HIPPA, FDA and GDPR. All programme data is hosted on the African continent in the Microsoft Azure data centres in South Africa.  

Lynx-HCF (VMMC) is currently deployed in various VMMC programmes across Southern Africa. If you are interested in learning about how Lynx-HCF (VMMC) strengthens VMMC and other HIV prevention initiatives, please get in touch with us at +27 12 111 7000.

 

References

1. Larke, N. (2010). Male circumcision, HIV and sexually transmitted infections: A review. British Journal of Nursing (Mark Allen Publishing), [Online]. 19(10), pp.629–634. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3836228/ [Accessed 7 Jul. 2021].

2. UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS). “Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision: Steady Progress in the Scaleup of VMMC as an HIV Prevention Intervention in 15 Eastern and Southern African Countries before the SARS-CoV2 Pandemic.” Pg.1. https://www.unaids.org/, UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS). Available from: www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/JC3022_VMMC_en.pdf. [Accessed 28 July 2021]. 

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