New data system secure, says Boyce
There is no need for Barbadians to feel insecure about their personal health information being stored in the new Health Information System (Med Data).
This assurance has come from Minister of Health John Boyce, speaking after the launch of the $3.6 million system yesterday at his office on Culloden Road, St Michael. He maintained that all patient information would be stored on a secure database to which only doctors, nurses and other authorised medical personnel would have access.
From 2016, Barbadians should be able to source their health information electronically when Med Data is fully introduced. The modules of the pilot include electronic health records, admission, discharge and transfer, maternal and child health, laboratory, supply chain management, finance, reports on aggregate data and clinical order entry. They are currently being rolled out at the Winston Scott and Edgar Cochrane polyclinics, as well as at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The minister said they expected next year to extend the modules to the remaining polyclinics, Psychiatric Hospital and the Geriatric Hospital. (SDB Media)
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