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Stories by Doug Halsall

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:20 PMDoug Halsall

Health sectors across developed and developing countries have long struggled with making improvements to infant and maternal health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) for example, indicates that approximately 830 women die each day from...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

The proposed National Identification System (NIDS) has been the source of contentious debate for the last few weeks...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

October was celebrated as breast cancer awareness month and it brought into focus the very long-standing and urgent matter of the effect of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on the Jamaican, Caribbean and world population.Although most deaths each...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

Health care costs have the capacity to render persons bankrupt and is an expense that Government and all of us will have an interest in keeping as low as possible.The United States (US) is a great example of how high health care costs can have a...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

I recently explained and referred to data as the 'new oil', and if we understand the true value of data and what it can do for health care then we would now know that there are boundless opportunities that we can carve out to improve service...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:33 AMDoug Halsall

In this digital tech-centric world, data is king and it is time we, as a country, start mining data to underpin critical decisions.  At its most basic, this is described as analysing a large amount of data to determine...

Published:Sunday | July 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

Last week, I read a story in The Star about a mother of eight who said she had a tubal ligation at one of our public hospitals after her eighth child but had two subsequent pregnancies.Interestingly, she challenged the hospital, and according to the...

Published:Sunday | June 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

Last week, my company was involved in the Medical Association of Jamaica's (MAJ) annual symposium, which allowed businesses in the field of health care to display their latest product offerings.I was pleased to see a few involved in health...

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

Recently, for the first time, I heard a member of our diaspora mention health care before crime, as a reason not to retire in Jamaica. This trend would rob us of a vital source of foreign exchange through pensions.Health care in Jamaica has been...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

When I heard about the sudden death of Acting Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo, I immediately thought of all the good members of the security forces who continue to make tremendous sacrifice to protect and serve us.The following week there was...

Published:Sunday | May 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

Not many Jamaicans will soon forget the impact of the chik-V outbreak a few years ago.Although the Government began speaking about the virus at least a year before it hit, most Jamaicans were not paying attention.Suffice it to say, the fact that the...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

There is no doubt that the world is changing dramatically, and Jamaica is not being left behind.Gone are the days when you have to stand in line at a store to purchase goods and acquire services.Jamaicans are now living in a technologically advanced...

Published:Sunday | April 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

The last time, I promised to speak to technology that could transform Jamaica into a country with the most comprehensive health-information database bringing us right where we need to be to offer telemedicine.My visit to Health Information...

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

A few weeks ago, I attended the annual Health Information Management Systems Conference in Orlando, Florida (HIMSS17).This was my second year, and apart from my company being the only Jamaican company represented among hundreds of the best...

Published:Sunday | February 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

Health is by far one of the most important assets we can have as individuals. If we do not have good health, we pretty much have nothing.Mahatma Gandhi rightfully stated, "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."The...

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