Jamaica’s May Pen Hospital goes live with EHR system

May Pen Hospital, Jamaica, has become “among the first public health facilities” in the country to introduce an electronic health records system, according to the Ministry of Health & Wellness (MOHW) The hospital has announced the go-live of SystmOne on LinkedIn after an agreement was reached with the MOHW for the system to be implemented in 13 pilot sites across the island.

Other pilot sites include Spanish Town Hospital, St. Ann’s Bay Hospital, Chapelton Community Hospital, Mocho Health Centre, May Pen East Health Centre, May West Health Centre, Greater Portmore Health Centre, St. Jago Park Health Centre, Old Harbour Health Centre, St. Ann’s Bay Health Centre, Ocho Rios Health Centre, and Brown’s Town Health Centre.

Marking the transition to a paperless system for patient records, the EHR will facilitate information sharing between healthcare providers and offers functions including patient registration, clinical documentation, patient flow, and care planning. The MOHW hopes that this will mean “shorter wait times for patients; less cost in providing services; increased productivity; reduced staff frustration; and increased service satisfaction levels”.

The cost of the implementation was covered by the Health Systems Strengthening Programme, which has seen the Government of Jamaica granted $50 million USD from the Inter-American Development Bank and €10 million EUR from the European Union.

TPP, creators of SystmOne, celebrated the launch in a LinkedIn post, congratulating May Pen Hospital and thanking the “incredible team” for making the transition possible.

To learn more about the go-live, please click here.

In global health, the WHO announced at the G20 summit in India, that it would be launching a new Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH), which will support the implementation of the Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020–2025.

Elsewhere, a programme update published by the Republic of Ghana’s Ministry of Health has highlighted progress in the country’s national e-health project. The project, which features the Lightwave Health Information Management System (LHIMS), is said to be “transforming healthcare across the country and placing Ghana at the forefront of healthcare in Africa”.