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Digitize hospital records in order to safeguard patients’ medical information and allow ease of access to authorized persons.

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Source: Jamaica Labour Party Manifesto pg.22 February 18, 2016

Monday October 28, 2019 | Loop Jamaica

$1 billion in hand to digitise public health record-keeping – Tufton

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, says the ministry is in possession of some $1 billion to digitise the record-keeping system in the public health sector.

The funding is to come from last November's US$100 million financing agreement between the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to support public health in Jamaica.

"When we first took office, we agreed that we needed to move from the paper-base management. It's inefficient. Have you ever been into one of these record rooms? If the dust doesn't get you, then probably something else will. Again, old, outdated system. I am happy to announce that under the IDB window, we have some US$8 million, or certainly over (Jamaican) $1 billion, for health information systems which we are now preparing the documentation to go to market for, which we will begin before the end of this financial year. And that will improve the efficiencies of delivery," Tufton stated.

Friday April 29, 2016 | Jamaica Observer

Changes coming at public health institutions, says Tufton

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) – Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says operational changes are to be implemented at the island’s public health institutions, to improve service delivery and better co-ordinate links between government health entities.

As it relates to the management of patients’ medical records, Tufton said how records are kept and the digitising of those records, are to be addressed over the medium term.

“It’s a very expensive process and I have already started to have discussions with possible providers,” he said, adding that the process of digitization was already in progress at the University Hospital of the West Indies.