Staff travel to Africa to implement endoscopy reporting software

Software, funded by the British Society of Gastroenterology, has benefitted hospitals in Zambia and Nigeria.

Last month, Nimzing Ladep, Consultant Hepatologist and software developer, and Mel MacCallum, Endoscopy Sister and International BSG (British Society of Gastroenterology) committee chair for nurses, travelled to Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia, in collaboration with the BSG International Committee, who funded the project.

During the visit, they observed and worked with gastroenterologists and nurses in endoscopy units.

Nimzing said: “We are excited to share the highlights of our recent trip to Lusaka, Zambia, for the implementation and first use of our endoscopy reporting software.”

The initiative began with a successful implementation in University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria, where Nimzing travelled initially, supported virtually by Mel.

“The positive reception in Nigeria set the stage for our subsequent efforts in Zambia,” he said. “During our trip to Lusaka, the endoscopy reporting software was seamlessly integrated into local PCs. This innovative app allows for the creation of detailed reports stored in a local database, the production of PDF reports with attached images, and the capability to audit practice and upload information to electronic medical records.

“Our time in Zambia also provided invaluable insights into the learning gaps faced by international nurses regarding gastroenterology and endoscopy. Identifying these gaps is crucial as it will inform future directions for the project and training programmes.

3“We are currently gathering feedback from our partners in both Nigeria and Zambia, which is essential for refining the software to enhance the user experience and meet the specific needs of our international collaborators.

“In both centres, this software was the first to offer endoscopy reports with images captured directly from the procedure and with database integration. The initial feedback was very good. Additional user feedback is currently being gathered via evaluation forms for a formal report for the British Society of Gastroenterology. The users were very excited about the collaboration.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the BSG for their support and to all our partners for their enthusiasm and commitment to improving gastroenterology practices. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to advance this important work.”