How SIMS Began

History of the Surgical Information Management System (SIMS)

Dr. E.A.D Udayakumara

Surgery related data recording is an essential requirement for surgeons, especially theatre based record keeping with details of the surgery and pictures. This was a difficult task for me, so that I worked with Keyprog Software Solutions, which is based in the United Kingdom to come up with a solution. We together with my intern house officer Dr. Shihanie Rubecka were able to come up with a Surgical Information Management System (SIMS) which was originally a stand alone version. We worked days and nights to bring up the system to a higher standard by making further improvements during the 2010-2011. We migrated the old Excel Data into the SIMS from 2008 onwards.

With the Blessings of Dr. K.L. Fernando, the former president of the College of Surgeons in Sri Lanka we were able to introduce it to the surgical community during surgical sessions in August, 2011, which was highly regarded by the surgical colleagues. Since then, we have been keeping records, analysing and experimenting on the functionality of SIMS. On request from other surgical colleagues we have shared our experience with them as well. Currently some of them are using their own customised SIMS versions and receiving very positive feedbacks from them time to time.

SIMS didn’t stop at that point. On the process of upgrading, SIMS released a web version which is consumed by some of the surgeons. Both the stand alone version and the web versions of the SIMS were introduced at the Kurunegala Clinical Society in December, 2012. SIMS is still in the process of advancing its capacity to obtain more productive outcomes like using for research purposes, including videos recorded during surgeries and share knowledge and experience of senior surgeons by analysing their data under the authority of the owner.

Web version of SIMS, named as ‘mysurgerydata.net’ which can be easily accessible via World Wide Web (Internet) and is available for all our colleagues in the surgical community in Sri Lanka.

Dr. E. A. D Udayakumara (MBBS, MS, FRCS)

Consultant General Surgeon

Teaching Hospital Kurunegala


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