Zambia Electronic Perinatal Record System

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The Zambia Electronic Perinatal Record System (ZEPRS) is being used by clinics and the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia to improve patient care. The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Center for Research in Women's Health (CRWH), RTI, and the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) developed ZEPRS with local medical expertise and project engagement from the Lusaka Urban Health District, Central Board of Health and funding support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Major Features and Components
ZEPRS achieves these objectives by providing the following:

An electronic patient record system with patient record database shared among facilities
A system that guides clinicians through the Zambian standard of care
Intelligent rules that alert clinicians to problems and recommend patient referral when appropriate
Standard & ad hoc reporting for supportive supervision, surveillance, analysis
An electronic-first system use by clinicians during the course of patient care
An electronic referral system to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of referrals
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Short Description: 
Used by clinics and the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia to improve patient care
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Development Stage: 

Since ZEPRS was launched in February 2006 it has been continually refined and enhanced based on input from clinicians and emerging needs. In 2008 RTI worked with CIDRZ to implement an interface with the Laboratory Information Management System (LMIS) at Kalingalinga Clinic, enabling lab test results such as CD4 counts to be transferred to patient records automatically twice daily. RTI has developed a version of the software that can be installed locally, be used within a facility in the absence of network connectivity, and can synchronize records automatically when connectivity is detected. This version is based on the free and open source Zcore platform, which can transmit data automatically over intermittent networks, such as mobile phone networks. (source:

Demo site:;jsessionid=D63115BE4FF97ABD722...

Licensing Mode: 
ASL 2.0
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Current Implementation: 

24 clinics in Zambia as of Sept. 2008 ( source:

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Project is funded by various NGO's; currently no available information online

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