Pilot for electronic patient records started, says health ministry
The health ministry says it has started implementing the Electronic Patient Administration System as it seeks to modernise the method used to keep patient records.
Two separate reports by the Sunday Gleaner in 2012 and 2013 revealed that lax security measures at some health facilities left the confidential medical history of patients open to public access.
Speaking in parliament yesterday, the health minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson announced that the pilot project for the electronic storage of patient records was being implemented in two facilities.
They are the Santa Cruz and Darliston Centres of Excellence.
He says Health Records staff have been the initial users since October 2014 and over 13,000 individual patient records have been created.
He says the Electronic Patient Administration System represents the foundation of a national Electronic Health Record system.
He says this year $30 million from the National health Fund is to be used to complete implementation at the Santa Cruz Centre of Excellence, Black River Hospital and St Elizabeth Health Department.