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Stories by Doug Halsall

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

There are myriad things that we have yet to explore to uncover the benefits of technology in health.One of them is how we can achieve an interconnected and efficient multiagency disaster and crisis preparation and response mechanism.Health is...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

Jamaica has long been engaged in strategies to manage population health. From the establishment of the Extended Programme on Immunisation in 1977 to the 1978 Alma Ata declaration which focused on the need to shore up the primary healthcare system....

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

Earlier this year, I wrote an article about computer vision and how it can positively impact healthcare.This kind of artificial intelligence (AI) is already a feature of health technology and is used to...

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

Important strides have been made in health sectors worldwide to move forward with achieving a complete digital ecosystem with electronic medical records (EMR) central to this.Jamaicans are highly suspicious of technology, especially those that...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

I have had some experience implementing technology in entities that are completely new to it. This is not an easy process and can result in extended delays if not undertaken clinically...

Published:Sunday | November 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

I have always been a proponent of telemedicine and its immense benefits to the healthcare system. It is a great way for rural communities to gain access to high quality health care.I, therefore, welcomed the recent announcement from Minister of...

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

For years, we have been hearing of the inability of the Government and researchers to get adequate information on cancer in Jamaica.Sure, a registry exists, but the information it contains is apparently only for Kingston and St Andrew. That,...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

The issue of medical records was once again thrust into the spotlight with a recent Supreme Court decision which ordered that parents be given access to their baby's health records within 24 hours.The hospital had refused to hand them over. Since...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

The condition in which people are born, grow up, live, work, and age may invariably affect their state of health and well-being as well as impact their health decisions.These are referred to as social determinants of health and include income level...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

It's estimated that at least 25 per cent of Jamaicans have mental illness. Still, we hear that many disorders such as anxiety and depression go undiagnosed, and so when we think about, much more of our population could be experiencing some form of...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

Hospitals worldwide seek to reduce the length of time patients are admitted as this not only saves the facility resources but it can also be safer for the patient to be treated and released as soon as possible.According to a study conducted by the...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

It is no secret that I have been a long-time advocate of healthcare digitisation, recognising how much we could improve the health of our population if we adopted technology.This was what led me to invest in a company in India called Suvarna...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

If there were to be a disaster at your medical practice, or hospital, such as a fire or, since we are in the midst of the hurricane season, flooding, could you go to a new location, or even work from home and access all your patient and other files...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:08 AMDoug Halsall

Several medical practitioners have indicated that they want to introduce electronic medical records (EMR) but they are not looking at the vast opportunities the technology can bring to modernising health care management, or even the much better...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 11:04 AMDoug Halsall

Healthcare is driven by market forces just like any other business.   While it is not the conventional, product development and sale or service offering and acquisition business, healthcare encompasses both these concepts. If one is in the...

Published:Sunday | April 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

The matter of male fertility is generally taboo in the Jamaican context because we men take our sexual prowess quite seriously.Yet we have considerably more 'jackets' than many other nations. But this is by no means just a Jamaican issue. According...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:08 AMDoug Halsall

Integrating telemedicine into the healthcare system is not as hard as you would imagine, especially given that the systems and other tools are readily available to do so. But if we should begin using telemedicine as a major component of the...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

I have always been fascinated by technology, so although I started my career as an accountant, I was pulled to the technology sphere where I managed to introduce industry-changing technology initiatives in banking, finance and health.I have seen the...

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

Last week, I attended the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, which showcases the best of breed in health and supporting technology.New, improved and emerging technology was on show and it...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

Jamaica is far ahead of the United States (US) in certain areas of healthcare. About 20 years ago, Jamaica started the process of digitising the health insurance industry, allowing providers to submit claims online in real time.The system is...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

Two weeks ago, my company, Advanced Integrated Systems, participated in the 16th annual Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium in Montego Bay, St James.I was happy to be a part of this event, given its history of facilitating inventiveness and new...

Published:Sunday | January 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

I have been paying close attention to the reports of the effects of the flu season in the United States, understanding that although we may not get the figures locally as steadfastly as the US reports them, we generally face similar issues during...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMDoug Halsall

The transformative role of technology is boundless as long as we are willing to open our minds to the possibilities. Health technology can be applied to almost every aspect of healthcare to improve efficiency and access. Radiology, though not...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:12 AMDoug Halsall

Traditionally, we think of going to a brick-and-mortar establishment when we want to visit a health professional either in a private practice or at a public facility. But times are changing as access becomes more open with the development,...

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...

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