Guyana’s Ministry of Health evaluating bids for EHR system

Guyana’s Ministry of Health has announced that it is currently evaluating 16 bids from organisations interested in designing, supplying, and installing a new electronic health record (EHR). This follows the Ministry’s publication of a request for proposals in September of 2023 for the EHR project, which will be funded by the Inter-American Development Bank.

According to the announcement, the new EHR will provide access to “evidence-based tools that providers can use to make decisions about a patient’s care”, improve patient safety and experience, and improve patient referrals or transfers. These tools are also hoped to “centralise and standardise clinical data management within clinics, improve the efficiency and accuracy of documentation, and reduce delays in retrieving patient records”.

The announcement also reveals that an EMR system is being piloted at the medical clinic within Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, and that this pilot will subsequently be expanded to other departments.

Dr Frank Anthony, health minister, says: “We have evaluators that are going through those bids and hopefully they’ll narrow it down and then we’ll get one company that we’ll be working with. Hopefully, this will be a ninth programme that we’ll have in the ministry and with digital health we’ve been doing quite a number of things.”

To read the announcement in full, please click here.

On digital in health worldwide, the World Bank has published a report titled ‘Digital-in-Health: Unlocking the Value for Everyone’, which looks at the progress and promise of digital technologies in health around the world, including country readiness measured through maturity metrics from the Global Digital Health Monitor (GDHM), and presents eleven determinants of digital-in-health success.