UNU Casemix Grouper now in Latin America

  • 2011•10•07     Banda Aceh

    CASEMIX provides vital instrument which assist health care management to understand the health care system and to deal with effectiveness and efficiency issues that are always being left behind. In order to address these issues, developed and developing countries alike are investing on health information system and casemix tool with the premise that application of these tool and system processes in the complex health environment can be manageable.

    The UNU-IIGH researchers and experts on casemix headed by Prof. Syed Aljunid had developed a casemix grouper that can be customized based on the needs of the country. The Grouper is unique and characterized as universal, dynamic and advanced system.

    The UNU Casemix Grouper was initially implemented in a number of developing countries including, Malaysia, Indonesia. Mongolia and the Philippines. Countries which have expressed their interest to use UNU Casemix Grouper are Ghana, Kenya, Sudan, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India Turkey and Vietnam. Last year, Uruguay a middle income country in Latin America through the efforts of Sanotario Americano started implementing the UNU Casemix Grouper in their health care system. After several workshops conducted by casemix experts from UNU-IIGH, a grouper was developed for the country and called UR-DRG.

    The UNU-IIGH had entrusted the UR-DRG to Sanotario Americano during the Handover Ceremony on 7 October 2011 at Sheraton Hotel, Montevedio. The cereomony was held during the 10th Casemix Workshop and International Casemix Seminar. The UR-DRG software and manuals were presented to Dr. Julio Alvarez, President of Santorio Americano and witnessed by HE Dr. Jorge Venegas, Minister of Health of Uruguay. UNU-IIGH was represented by Prof. Dr Syed Aljuind and Dr. Zafar Ahmed.

    In the coming months, UNU Casemix Grouper will be introduced to other countries in the continent including Chile, Argentina, Panama and Brazil had showed strong interest and approached UNU-IIGH to introduce the system in their respective health care environment.