The Southern Regional Health Authority, SRHA, says the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon has been experiencing an increase in productivity since the implementation of the electronic health records or EHR system.

The EHR system was implemented in January this year.

Tauna Thomas reports.

The EHR is a health information system with functionalities in patient registration, outpatient scheduling, inpatient and outpatient clinical documentation, patient flow and care planning.

The SRHA says the implementation of the EHR has meant shorter wait times for patients, less cost in providing services, increased productivity, reduced staff frustration and increased service satisfaction levels.

Specialist registrar in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology, Dr. Daryl Daley who has been working with the hospital for the past 10 years, says the EHR has been a game changer.

He says the system has been effective.

Dr. Daley says the patients are coded by a colour and the system informs the medical staff about which patients are new, which patients have been seen and how long the patients have been waiting.

Registered nurse, Kerri-Ann Hamilton, says the system has made her life easier with information being more accessible, unlike the previous regime where dockets were sometimes lost.

And CEO of the hospital, Eugena Clarke-James, says the EHR will result in the optimization of health care in the country when it’s fully implemented at facilities islandwide.

She notes that when it’s fully implemented, it will be one patient, one record.

Mrs. Clarke-James notes that whichever facility a patient turns up to across the island, the information will be readily available so that clinicians will be better able to offer care.

Regional Director at the SRHA, Michael Bent says the system has significantly improved file management efficiency.

Mr. Bent says plans are in place to extend the system to the health centres in Clarendon starting in April.