NHIS: The Pilot Project, Implementation of the Electronic Patient Administration System (ePAS)
This Project involves the implementation of the national electronic Patient Administration System (ePAS), the ICT infrastructure of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) and supporting initiatives. The ePAS represents the foundational module of the national Electronic Health Record (EHR) system.
The Goal of the project is to strengthen the NHIS to support improved patient care outcomes and the provision of quality health information for action. The project seeks to demonstrate a Proof of Concept using a set of limited functionalities of the ePAS. The major benefits include:
- universal access to the record at any facility,
- improvements in the timeliness and completeness of health reports to stakeholders and
- improvements in personal health information protection through controlled and audited access to each patient’s record.
These will be achieved through the establishment of a single, securely shared electronic health record for each individual with a system-generated unique identifier consolidated to a central database for national reporting for surveillance, mortality and other purposes.
The Pilot sites are:
- Santa Cruz COE
- St. Elizabeth Health Department
- Black River Hospital (Type C)
- The Office of the Southern Regional Health Authority (to store database backups from Santa Cruz COE and Black River Hospital)
The Project also involves a component for the ethical and transformational supports for the adoption and implementation of the ePAS and other technology initiatives. Accordingly, consultations have been convened for the development of the Code of Practice Policy Provisions regarding Personal Health Information Protection (Health Privacy). Policy Guidelines for Health Records Management in Public Health Facilities are also being prepared.
For more information, please see The National Health Information System (NHIS) Strengthening and e-Health Strategic Plan, 2014-2018