Jamaica’s Health Minister, Dr. the Honorable Christopher Tufton, has finally revealed plans for bringing the health information system to the island. This system is intended to capture, store, manage, and transmit information pertaining to the health of both Jamaicans and organizations within Jamaica.
They have been working on implementing this transition since 2012 when EMED Jamaica announced the roll out of the EMED Electronic Health Records system for all of Jamaica, which was designed in collaboration with Dr. Robert Kahn the co-inventor of the internet.
Dr. Tufton has made it evident that, with the help of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), this process is anticipated to be finalized within the next year. They are still ironing out the details about what the framework will be, how it will be implemented for the most impact, and how they will roll it out – an island-wide rollout or one institution at a time.
Last year, Dr. Tufton revealed plans that they wanted to start the process of digitizing every patient’s medical records, which the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) had already begun.
After they received a donation of ten computers, Dr. Tufton said that “the contribution will help improve the dynamics of the changing environment.”
These computers will not only guarantee that hospitals have sufficient access to certain lab and diagnostic services, but it will help them serve their database of patients by bettering doctor and patient communication. Like telehealth has already affected the Western world, the health information system will also serve as a way for physicians to schedule medical appointments and surgeries.
When these areas are enhanced, it works to improve better service. Better service means that citizens of Jamaica will finally have access to the type of care they so desperately deserve.
Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), which provides healthcare services for Jamaica, the Caribbean, and the Diaspora, was the receiver of the ten computers, which will have an immense impact on the way they provide services to their patients.