Medwave Software Solutions has deployed its cloud-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) system HarmoniMD at the Fundación de Cáncer de Mama (Fucam ) in Mexico City.

FUCAM is claimed to be the first breast cancer foundation in Latin America that offers breast cancer care.

The foundation is shifting all clinical documentation from paper files to the EHR system in staged phases to ensure smooth transition across 25 different departments, which together provide more than 75,000 medical consultations.

Deployment of this EHR system replaces tens of thousands of paper charts and can be easily accessed at desktop and tablets.

MedWave CEO Dan Smith said: “We are very pleased to be working collaboratively with FUCAM to improve breast cancer care for so many patients. The improvements FUCAM is making, both in patient care and reduced costs, can be achieved by any hospital with HarmoniMD.”

Mexico is looking at widely implementing electronic health record systems across its hospitals by 2020.

This digitisation across the country’s hospitals through implementation of EHRs will  enable public health issues to be addressed quickly due to registration of clinical data.

This data can then be used to understand incidence of disease, vaccination rates, and other health occurrences.

The deployment of EHRs provide real-time access to health records to doctors, which in turn boost hospital efficiency and clinical outcomes.

Among the barriers to adoption of EHR include huge costs and lengthy implementation timeperiod, sometimes running into years. However, MedWave’s low-cost solution is customised to a hospital’s workflow and only takes a few months to implement.

FUCAM CFO Lic. María Luisa Guisa said: “With HarmoniMD we have a better control of the activities that the staff is doing within FUCAM to guarantee day to day a better service to the patients. Likewise, as CFO of FUCAM, the monitoring of resource management is more efficient.”