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$50m earmarked for electronic medical records system implementation

Published: Tuesday December 24, 2013 | 8:43 am Comments 0
Video grab of medical records scattered on the floor of a room at the Kingston Public Hospital. - File photo
Video grab of medical records scattered on the floor of a room at the Kingston Public Hospital. - File photo
Dr Fenton Ferguson - File
Dr Fenton Ferguson - File

Approximately $50 million has been earmarked to begin implementation of the Electronic Medical Records System within the health sector.

It will replace the existing paper-based system.

Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson has reportedly told the Jamaica Information Service that implementation should begin in the first quarter of next year with the regional hospitals and the four Centres of Excellence for primary health care.

He says the move to implement a paperless system for medical records, forms part of the National Strategic Plan for Health Information System, which is now in place.

Noting that the current paper-based system is outdated, Ferguson states that electronic medical records are a must if the country is serious about health tourism.

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