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  • Approximately $50 million has been earmarked to begin implementation of the Electronic Medical Records System within the health sector.
  • The move to implement a paperless system for medical records, forms part of the National Strategic Plan for Health Information System.
  • The Minister said the current paper-based system is outdated.

Approximately $50 million has been earmarked to begin implementation of the Electronic Medical Records System within the health sector, to replace the existing paper-based system.

“Our first set of projects in terms of Electronic Medical Records will start in the first quarter of next year, and it will start with our regional hospitals and the four Centres of Excellence (for primary health care),” informed Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson.

The Minister, who was speaking in a recent interview with JIS News, said that 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Noting that the current paper-based system is outdated, Dr. Ferguson stated that “if, as a nation, we are to take the talk about health tourism seriously, then the platform that allows for tele-medicine, which includes electronic medical records, must be implemented”.

While not giving a date for the full roll out of the system, the Health Minister said that “all the work is being done to have a system in place sometime within the next financial year”.