For Immediate Release,
November 15, 2001
Canada - Using Canadian information technology, Jamaica is now the
first country to implement a countrywide standardized electronic
patient administration system for its hospitals and clinics. The
Jamaica-wide standardization will enable the government and various
health agencies to accurately track illnesses and injuries for the
of Jamaica recently signed off on Phase II of the successful implementation
of Markham-based Heron Technology Corporation's Patient Administration
System now operational in 11 Government hospitals, for a total of
2,500 beds. The Government has contracted with Heron Technology
Corporation to complete the implementation in all 23 Government
hospitals, 4,700 beds in total, and some 300 clinics. Through the
Canadian Commercial Corporation, of Ottawa, the Canadian Government
guaranteed the contract, valued at $CDN1.5 Million.
Administration System used in Jamaica comprises nine modules: Central
Patient Index, Community Central Patient Index for the entire country,
Admit/Discharge/Transfer, Outpatients Registration, Accident and
Emergency; Health Records Abstracting for the International Classification
of Disease (ICD-10) coding, Billing and Accounts Receivable; Surveillance
for Injuries and Illnesses (such as asthma), and Report Writer.
Partially funded by the World Bank/Inter-American Development Bank,
the Jamaican project is the world body's first successful, fully
operational health care information technology implementation.
Secretary of Health, George Briggs, said, "It was really thrilling
to learn all was finished and the system is on line at all locations.
I believe that the exercise demonstrated the value of shared objectives
and supportive teamwork in getting a difficult task done."
Ward, Chief of Epidemiology, Jamaica Ministry of Health said that,
"With the standardized Patient Administration System we can
now extend the Jamaica Injury Surveillance System to enable the
Ministry to track and report on asthma, as well as injuries. The
Ministry sees this as a means to facilitate surveillance of hospital
patients and specific diseases."
since 1998, the Jamaica Injury Surveillance System project involved
close collaboration between the Jamaica Ministry of Health, the
US Centers for Disease Control [CDC], Atlanta, Georgia, the University
Hospital of the West Indies, Caribbean Epidemiology Centre [CAREC],
Trinidad & Tobago, and Heron Technology Corporation.
Chairman of Heron Technology Corporation, said that the project
is being undertaken with close attention to the health care budget
of Jamaica because HTC's products and services are priced according
to the GDP per capita of each country. "Because the desktop
devices are thin-clients, and the operating system is the open source
Linux, we level the economic playing field for all countries interested
in computerizing their health care systems", Hébert
More information contact:
Heron Technology Corporation [www.herontech.com]
Ron Hébert, Chairman
Phone: (905) 475 8050
Fax: (905) 475 5842 e-mail: [email protected]