Digital Health Project



The Digital Health programme of ICTA aims to create a ‘Digital Health Echo System’ in the country by introducing electronic health records and supportive information systems into the Government healthcare service whist creating an enabling environment for private sector, healthcare professionals, academia and all other stakeholders to engage effectively in implementing digital health across the country by end of December 2018.

Project Goal

To improve quality, safety, efficiency and patient centeredness in the service delivery of Sri Lankan state health sector using information and Communication Technology.

Project Purpose

The purpose of this project is to improve quality and efficiency in health care services provided by the government hospitals in Sri Lanka by implementing electronic medical record and supportive information systems in 300 government hospitals covering the National Hospital, Teaching Hospitals, Provincial and District General Hospitals, Base Hospitals and selected divisional hospitals throughout the country by end of December 2018.


1.    To increase the Electronic Medical Records coverage of the selected hospitals up to 80% from the total patients who access the health services
2.    To ensure availability of updated, accurate information for patient care and planning of health services.
3.    To improve quality and efficiency in service delivery, governance, accountability and effective use of resources of the government hospitals.
4.    To improve the capacity of health authorities to detect emerging and re-emerging diseases and take necessary preventive actions.

In Essence


Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine
Provincial Departments of Health Services
  • To increase the Electronic Medical Records coverage of the country up to 60% from the total patients who access the government health services.
  • To ensure availability of updated, accurate information for interested parties including policy makers, medical administrators, doctors and patients.
  • To improve governance, accountability and effective use of resources of the government hospitals.
  • To Improve interoperability of EHR by supporting national level frameworks
  • To improve the capacity of health authorities to detect emerging and endemic health problems and take immediate measurements to control such problems.

Implement Electronic Health Records Systems in 300 government hospitals
Electronic medical records for 60% of Sri Lankan population

10 hospitals completed
47 to be completed by 2018
300 government hospitals will have Electronic Medical Records

Our Approach

Project Steering Committee
Chairperson – DGHS, Co-Chairperson – CEO or Representative of ICTA
Members : Ministry of Health – DDG (Planning), Director (HI), 9 Provincial Directors
ICTA: Director – Projects, Programme Manager, Project Manager (Digital Health)

Provincial Project Steering Committee
Chairperson and Co-Chairperson – PDHS and a Senior Medical Administrator (Where Necessary)
Members: Representatives of ICTA, Regional Directors of Health Services, Directors/MSs of selected Hospitals

e-Hospital Steering Committee
Chairperson – Director/MS of the Hsopital
Members: Representatives of ICTA, PDHS/RDHS Office,  Representatives of all layers of the hospital including administrators, medical officers, nurses, pharmacists, MLTs, minor staff, etc.

300 Government Hospitals

Hospital Health Information Management System (HHIMS) is a collaborative effort of the ICTA and the Ministry of Health implemented by the Digital Health project. It is a comprehensive, integrated information management system designed to manage health records/ information of hospitals. HHIMS also provides information on progressive health records of patients for informed decision making. ICTA possess the expertise, experience, materials including software in par with the international standards to implement the HHMIS in Sri Lanka.The system developed on FOSS platform is now have implemented in many Base and District hospitals such as follows.

  • Base Hospital Dambadeniya
  • Base Hospital Awissawella
  • Base Hospital Panadura
  • Base Hospital Mahaoya
  • District Hospital Dompe
  • District General Hospital Ampara
  • Base Hospital Horana
  • Base Hospital Homagama

Other Initiatives

Web based Document Management System for National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA)
Computerization of National Blood Transfusion Service Sri Lanka (NBTS)
Inventory Management System for Department of Bio Medical Engineering Ministry of Health , Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine


Currently the employees of NMRA and NMQAL are facing huge difficulties when performing their duties as they have to manage a huge amount of paper based files and forms.Most of their working spaces have invaded by the mountains of files which make the working environment very complicated and stressful. Hence the management of NMRA has come up with an idea to get rid of this messy environment by moving to a possible computer based solution.As a result they have invited ICTA, the national consultancy agency for implementing IT based solutions within government organizations in Sri Lanka to team up with them to implement a proper web based solution.

Having accepted the invitation, ICTA conducted a process study at NMRA to identify their complex and interdependent functionalities and possible process reengineering opportunities as the first step.

Proposed web based Document Management System for National Medicines Regulatory (NMRA) is intended to manage the document processing related to issuing certificates for drugs, device and borderline products and activities of its sub division named, NMQAL. ICTA will assist them for future engagements in developing and implementing this system through their expertise of project management.


National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) is a special campaign under the Ministry of Healthcare, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. It has a unique role providing timely supply of quality assured blood and blood components and related laboratory, clinical, academic and research services for the entire government sector hospitals and for the majority of the private sector hospital in the country.

In order to manage Island wide operations efficiently and effectively, an information system was developed for NBTS, which act as a Management Information System (MIS) based on the primary information. It consists of several components such as Centre Management, User Management, Basic HRM, Donor Registration, Donation Management, Mobile Donation, Campaign Management, Receiving Counter Management, Request Counter Management, Issuing Counter Management, Blood & Blood Component Stock management, Inventory Management and Laboratories.

The system also facilitates decision making through a Decision Support System (DSS) providing a few dash boards enabling accurate planning and forecasting.

The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka is currently working in close collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Service as the technical adviser to accomplish the Phase I of the National Blood Transfusion Service Information System (NBTSIS).


Being the center of procuring, distributing and maintaining the bio medical equipment and spare parts in Sri Lankan government hospitals, Bio Medical Engineering Department resides a huge responsibility with them. They are frequently troubled with keeping updated records on the locations of medical equipment and their spare parts in the current manual process. With the help of ICTA, Department of Bio Medical Engineering was able to figure out a solution addressing this issue. ICTA has done a comprehensive business analysis to understand the current situation and provided them with a better solution through introducing an efficient and effective inventory management system.

Contact Us

Project Management Unit- Digital Health Project
New Building,
Ministry of Healthcare,
Nutrition and Indigenous medicine,
T.B. Jayah Mawatha,
colombo 10.
T.P.: 011-2678099
Fax: 011-2678099