Study to assess the feasibility of HDA app:

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Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences- Western Campus
Background: The Health Directory and Authentication App (HDA App), is an m-Health innovation designed to provide offline information and verification for all medicines, health facilities and health professionals (HPs) by the general public/consumers. The App, which is composed of2 systems i.e. Drug Information and Verification System (DIVS) and Health Facility Verification System (HFVS), is aimed at improving quality and safety of health care services in Uganda, by promoting rational medicine use (RMU) through an improved access to patients' medicine information while reducing professional misconduct, prevalence of illegal health workers and facilities, unsafe medicines (expired, recalled, banned etc.) on the market and potentially substandard/counterfeit drugs. HDA App is also intended to improve public - government collaboration in implementing regulatory functions through an inbuilt feedback mechanism. Study aims: In this work, a feasibility study of the DIVS was conducted aimed at 1) developing a working prototype out of the HDA concept, 2) assessing the level of acceptability and usability of the DVlS and 3) elucidating the challenges which may be associated with its future implementation and use. Study methods: Study pmticipants were key informants who included health professionals, IT specialists and patients in a) public health facilities (n = 17; 22%), b) private facilities (n = 21; 25%), c) non-government organizations (n = 20, 22%), d) regulators i.e. health professional councils and National Drug Authority (n =II; 10%) and e) professional associations (n = 2; 3%) and the general public/patients (n = 16; 18%). This qualitative study involved use of an introductory video, a hands-on demonstration of the App using the developed prototype and both open and closed ended questions in a researcher-guided interview using a questionnaire. SPSS version 20 was used for data analysis.
A research report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the a ward of a bachelors degree of pharmacy of Kampala International University Uganda
HDA appd, Drug information system, Drug verification system, Uganda