Several health facilities to implement electronic health records pilot

Dr. Christopher Tufton
By Halshane Burke 
Thirteen health facilities are to benefit from the pilot phase of the Electronic Health Records Management System.
Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton said Cabinet on Monday approved a near $800-million contract to UK based Phoenix Partners for the implementation of the system.
He said the software will be incorporated into existing infrastructure.
The ICT infrastructure outlay has included the implementation of 2,000 computers, 400 medical grade tablets for universal access to medical records, and high speed connectivity between the e-gov data centre and 105 hospitals and health centres.
Dr. Tufton said, with the new system, patients will be able to access health care more quickly.
"We are now using technology or certainly embarking on a process where a patient in Westmoreland, having an accident that requires care in the University [Hospital] or Spanish Town or somewhere else, they can actually take the information, including X-rays, upload it in the system in Westmoreland and it reaches to the point of the specialist in real time. So not only is that facilitating faster transfer and response, that patient could actually be treated remotely," he explained. 
The first phase of the electronic records management system will be implemented over an 18-month period and will target the Spanish Town and May Pen hospitals and 10 selected health centres.

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