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( 27, 2015)-A technological innovation, intended to bridge the information gap between next of care and healthcare authorities at Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), has been launch in Liberia.

The Trace and Go software system, or TAG, was designed by Ehealth Africa-Liberia, with supports from UNICEF.

Speaking at the launch, Ehealth Africa-Liberia Country Director, Dave Ausdemore, said the system is designed to provide regular updates on patients in ETUs to their relatives through an SMS System.

Mr. Ausdemore said: “TAG is one of the most efficient and outstanding innovationswith a special meaning.”

He also said: “The System is more important than all the other programs Ehealth has implemented in other Countries, because it has a true personal effect.”

The system will also be expanded to other healthcare settings, where patients will be admitted with no easy access to information between next of care and healthcare workers, he further noted.

Making remarks at the launch, the head of the Incident Management System, Tolbert Nyenswah, said the TAG system has already been in use by the IMS, through UNICEF and Ehealth, and has proven effective.

Mr. Nyenswah said the TAG System helps bridge the contact tracing gap during the heat of the Crisis.
“It helped boost the Rapid Isolation and Treatment of Ebola, one of the critical areas in responding to the outbreak,” he added.

He also disclosed that the formulation of another technological innovation in monitoring cross-border activities through the Border surveillance System. The Incident Management System’s Head also said TAG is equally vital to the process.

During the peak of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, patients were taken to ETUs in ambulances, with their family members, or relatives having little or no information on them.

The situation created distrust between responders and patients’ family members who feared that their sick persons may not survive in the ETUs.

To rebuild the trust between the Communities and the IMS, UNICEF, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Ehealth Africa-Liberia, developed the Trace and Go System, or TAG for short.

The TAG system also kept track of patients and informed families on their statues once they entered the ETU through regular SMS update every 24 hours.


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