Launch of the Intellispace Critical Care and Anaesthesia (ICCA)

The ICCA Clinical Application Specialist Africa Miss Sarah Labushane giving a presentation explaining how the System works.

The Intellispace Critical Care and Anaesthesia (ICCA) is an intelligence system that was officially launched by Chief of Medical, Ministry of Defence Brig (Dr) George K Nga’ng’a at Defence Forces Memorial Hospital on 7th September 2018.

The ICCA system was installed by the Philips East African Limited. It is designed to provide continuity of clinical information across anesthesiology, critical care, intermediate care and medical-surgical care specialties, which makes data easy to interpret through smart visuals.

Speaking during the launch Lt Col (Dr) Thomas K Muithya said the system was initiated to provide a platform for efficient paperless Intensive Care Unit (ICU) services. This followed after the establishment of the ICU at DFMH in the year 2008.

He also mentioned that they had trained selected personnel including those from Clinical, Pediatrician and Nursing departments, who are the key users of the ICCA. This is to enable them familiarize with the information system.

Miss Sarah Labushane who is the ICCA Clinical application specialist in Africa working with the Philips Company explained and demonstrated how the ICCA information system works. She pointed out the advantages of having it in any hospital highlighting the fact that it’s a paperless system that helps medical practioners to electronically monitor and manage a patient. She added that patients are better taken care of under the system due to its ability to centralize and organize a patient’s data including admission documents, vital signs and consult notes.

She also expounded on the documentation of data saying the ICCA provides for standardized and structured documentation across units whereby the Care Continuum feature allows the easy flow of information from the ICU flow sheet to the anaesthesia record and vice versa. Patients, who receive care in both the OR and the ICU benefit from a constant ongoing record of care, focus on intake sites, output sites, fluid totals and key intake therapies. She added that once a patient’s data is fed to the ICCA it cannot be deleted.

The Commandant DFMH, Brig. George Ejelan while making his remarks before welcoming the Chief Guest said that he was aware more components were required to make full utilization of the machine. He said he would follow up with DHQ to ensure the extra components are acquired. He further encouraged Phillips East Africa to share information with DFMH to enable the Hospital adapt to changing technology.

Speaking on the same forum, the Chief Medical Officer Brig (Dr) George Ng’ang’a appreciated the progress ICU at the DFMH has made. He said that the partnership with Phillips East Africa has enabled DFMH to set up one of the best ICU in the region. He also said that the Hospital was in the process of installing new CT scans and MRI in the near future. He then officially launched the ICCA system.

Also present during the launch were, Senior Medical Officer (SMO) DFMH Col (Dr) Charles Ondego, SMO Kenya Air Force, Col (Dr) Nicholas Mugweru, Senior Base Medical Officer, Mtongwe, Lt. Col (Dr) D N Wambua, Senior Officers and Officers.

The Commandant DFMH Brig. George Ejelan giving his speech during the Launch of ICCA system.The Commandant DFMH Brig. George Ejelan giving his speech during the Launch of ICCA system.

 

The Head of Anesthesia Department Lt. Col Dr. Thomas Muithya giving an explanation how the ICCA System works at the ICU.The Head of Anesthesia Department Lt. Col Dr. Thomas Muithya giving an explanation how the ICCA System works at the ICU.

 

The Senior Medical Officer Kenya Air force Col. Dr. Nicholas Mugweru signing a visitor’s book during the launch of ICCA System.The Senior Medical Officer Kenya Air force Col. Dr. Nicholas Mugweru signing a visitor’s book during the launch of ICCA System.

 

The Customer Service and Operations Manager East Africa Mr. Eliakim Nyadiko giving a presentation during the ICCA launch at DFMH.The Customer Service and Operations Manager East Africa Mr. Eliakim Nyadiko giving a presentation during the ICCA launch at DFMH.

 

Senior Medical Officers following the presentations on the ICCA system keenly.Senior Medical Officers following the presentations on the ICCA system keenly.