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Stories by Doug Halsall

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:17 AMDoug Halsall

The opportunities for the development and use of technology in healthcare are vast. Knowing how to apply the technology to make hospitals a consumer-friendly and viable business is important. We are generally a population that is ‘technology...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:26 AMDoug Halsall

A s people become more health conscious, there is a need to increase promotion of their involvement in their own care and give them the means by which to participate. The world has been steadily changing for the last three decades, becoming...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:30 AMDoug Halsall

June 1 marked the beginning of the hurricane season, which means we can be sure that preparations are being made behind the scenes led by the Ministry of Health. There are management plans and protocols in place to respond to disasters. Although...

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2019 | 12:13 AMDoug Halsall

There is no doubt that the best way to reduce overall healthcare costs is to invest heavily in preventive care. We do seem to understand this, evident in the Government’s ongoing approach of fostering increased physical activity, educating the...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:22 AMDoug Halsall

The minister of health and wellness is forging ahead with legislation for a National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP). The Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) recently hosted a public forum to engage citizens on the matter. The event...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:23 AMDoug Halsall

Jamaica has an excellent cadre of skilled professionals in emergency and general medical care. However, over the years, we continue to face significant problems with attaining an acceptable transportation system for emergency and non-emergency...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:16 AMDoug Halsall

Despite the very commendable effort of the Ministry of Health to reduce waiting time at public hospitals, it is still a major issue. A staff member at my company related to me that she took her grandmother to Kingston Public Hospital from 7 a.m. on...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:23 AMDoug Halsall

Technology improves overall management of healthcare. This is why we have seen an increase in digitisation efforts with respect to healthcare management. The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) is already deep into its process of...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:29 AMDoug Halsall

With the direction in which health and technology are going, it would be prudent for the issue of ownership and access to medical records to be worked out once and for all. With pertinent restrictions of course, access to medical records needs to...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:24 AMDoug Halsall

The number of preventable deaths each year is staggering. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 7.8 million people die of hypertension, 5.4 million die from smoking tobacco, 3.8 million from malnutrition, 3 million from STDs, 2.5...

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:13 AMDoug Halsall

Interoperability is what makes an electronic system, well a system. Connectivity is critical in any healthcare environment. Health technology increases the rate of connectivity and access generally, but within that there also needs to be further...

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...

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