Electronic Medical Records
The implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) is well on its way within the Primary Health Care (PHC) system in Grenada Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Introduced over a year ago, EMR training began with the health providers at the community levels followed by administrators at the Ministry of Health. Since then, health care providers at the country’s Health centers across the island have incrementally being transferring medical health records from the existing paper base, on to the EMR. Daily, the use and utilization of the EMR can be monitored centrally from the Ministry. This is critical as assessment of patient arrival times and the time of receiving care, are critical for customer service improvement and to streamline efficiency of our service delivery. More importantly, there is buy-in from the doctors and nurses using the system, all with great optimism for the benefits of efficiency that the EMR brings.
Ongoing efforts are now focused on commencing the use of other modules within the EMR system, for example the use of the Antenatal medical records. This has the potential for eliminating the use of paper based antenatal records and improve our data points for reporting on critical antenatal matters. The next phase of the EMR will see linking of the Emergency Room, the Laboratory and Pharmacy systems. This is going to be a significant step in improving the referral and counter referrals of patients from the community to the hospital system and the ultimate discharge back into the community. Patients now stand to benefit tremendously from the improvement in collaboration and continuation of treatment between the secondary and PHC providers.
Interest has also been shown by Private Health facilities and diagnostic centres on the island.