Malawi has a low World Economic Forum's Networked Readiness Index (133rd of 143 in 2015), and faces a number of challenges in implementing digital health programmes, including the fact that it does not have a national eHealth strategy, and has infrastructure challenges. Nevertheless it is making key in-roads with regards to digital health, particularly through the use of mobile phones with the Ministry of Health leads=ing a national mHealth working group to co-ordinate these efforts.

National Digital Health Systems

  • Electronic Medical Records
    EMR systems with the following modules are implemented in all districts: ART, OPD, General Patient Registration, ANC, Maternity, Chronic Care Clinic module (Diabetes, epilepsy and hypertension), Pharmacy, Billing, In-patient (ADT),TB-ART and Radiology
  • cStock
    cStock is the mHealth component of the Ministry of Health's Enhanced Management approach to supply chain and stock management which was scaled up to all 29 districts by October 2014. Health workers are able to update stock information via their mobile phones. cStock automatically calculates the resupply needs and communicates these to decision makers.