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Tufton touts COVID-19 vaccination management system

Published:Monday | June 14, 2021 | 3:14 PM
The system is already in hospitals, health centres, and special vaccination centres across Jamaica. Some 1,000 healthcare workers have been trained to use the system. - File photo.

Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton on Monday stated that the Ministry continues to invest in the human resource of the public health system as it expands investments in infrastructure modernisation.

Tufton noted that critical components of the transformation are to get more personnel on board and change management.

“The main hurdle, if we are not careful, is people who are used to doing things in a particular way and they have a mental block, if you will, in adjusting to doing it in another way, even if the other way is a more efficient way. My definition of efficiency is to reduce transaction time [and] transaction costs. That is efficiency for me,” he said.

“I have seen very qualified, well-credentialed practitioners who refuse to use the digitised process because they are accustomed to taking the X-ray film and holding it up to a light and scanning it rather than going on their mobile phone, because the thing is digitally sent to them, and looking at because they are not accustomed to it. They prefer to write with a pen rather than type basic information on a form, and so that change management is going to be absolutely critical,” Tufton noted.

The health minister was speaking this morning at the virtual official launch of the Vaccination CommCare Software, which is a management system that provides the health ministry with details such as vaccine doses, vaccination sites and time frame comparisons, and enables it to analyse data by parishes and regions.

The system is already in hospitals, health centres, and special vaccination centres across Jamaica.

Some 1,000 healthcare workers have been trained to use the system.

Touting the efficiency of the software, Tufton disclosed that 10,608 Jamaicans received their second dose of the vaccine, while 815 got their first shot during the vaccination blitz over the weekend.

He said that before the system was in place, it may have taken up to a week to get this information, which can now be updated at the end of each day.

The Vaccination CommCare Software investment was made possible with the support of UNICEF and the Private Sector Investment Initiative.

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