by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Minister of Health, the Hon. Akilah Byron Nisbett said the Ministry of Health is in the process of setting up a Health Information System for the digitising of health operations and health records in St. Kitts.
Byron-Nisbett said the system will hopefully be implemented this year.
“This will mean that everybody’s record would be in a database, accessible by computers, which means that the system must be accessible at all times; it must be able to be ready to use, whenever the doctors or nurses need to enter information or retrieve information. That, therefore, means that the infrastructure must be in place to be able to support such a platform.”
The Health Minister explained that submissions have been made to the Ministry of Finance to get the approval to begin the infrastructural work in preparation for the Health Information System at the Joseph N France General Hospital. Byron-Nisbett said once the approval is granted and the infrastructure is put in place, then a phased approach of the Information System will begin.
According to Byron-Nisbett, the 2nd phase of the system will allow for accessibility to health details from all government healthcare facilities through the digitisation of information through one system.
“It has to be a phased approach, so we have to make sure we test it in a live environment, to make sure the system is working as expected; and then we would have what we called the approach where we’re using the paper base, as well as the system for some time, make sure that information is correct and the information collaborate before we roll over to the complete digital system.”