150 healthcare establishments will benefit from the ICT initiative | News

A total of 150 health facilities across Jamaica are to benefit from an information and communication technology upgrade.

The Department of Health and Welfare, in partnership with Cable and Wireless Jamaica Ltd, yesterday signed an agreement for its Information and Communication Technology Health Systems Strengthening Program, worth $8.43 million.

The funds will be used to address hardware issues such as backups, cybersecurity, and storage, as well as infrastructure setups, technical support, and other services.

The technology is expected to drastically reduce the time it takes to process patient data, enabling the healthcare industry to move away from its outdated paper-based approach.

In his remarks, C&W Jamaica Vice President Stephen Price explained that the company aspires to shorten the time it takes to provide healthcare to patients, taking into account those who live in rural areas of Jamaica.

As such, a private network was created to solve the problem.

Price also mentioned the company’s “telemedicine journey”, which began in October 2018 with a $69 million renovation of the Kitson Town Health Center in St Catherine.

In August 2019, the company also formed a partnership with Biomedical Technologies Limited in Trinidad and Tobago, and subsequently began its rollout of NB links in Jamaica and the region during the peak of the pandemic in 2020.

“We have consistently demonstrated our commitment and ability to deliver on these types of initiatives…Today is the result of hard work, dedication, perseverance, and most importantly, collaboration [and] the knowledge and experience acquired over the years,” said Price.

“This is the type of partnership that we would like to see replicated in other sectors, in other industries and in all ministries in the future… This is more than a project for us, it is service in pursuit of the greater good,” Price said.

The company is expected to deliver, install and manage this process over the next three years in partnership with the government to transform the healthcare industry.

“This endeavor will result in a more resilient system that will not only reduce transaction time and cost to improve and improve customer care and service, but will also benefit the environment through the development of the ‘hospital infrastructure,’ said Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton.

Tufton said this “game-changing” initiative will “undoubtedly improve customer service, improve the delivery of that service, heal more people in a [shorter period of time]and [will] have a greater flow in the system.

Tufton added that it will also facilitate the analysis of environmental trends, the provision of necessary treatment to patients and the management of chronic care models that will address concerns at all levels of the sector.

-Asha Wilks

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