(ZIZ News) — Efforts to upgrade the information system at the Joseph N. France General Hospital continue later this week with the next phase of the digitization process.
Operations Manager, Launette Adams told ZIZ News that the overall goal is to improve the storage, retrieval and security of patients’ information.
As part of the upgrade, the hospital will issue patients’ ID cards linked to their files.
She said, “Information was always there but the retrieval posed a myriad of problems. So with this digitized system we would be able to have the information just by using the card. Just by using the patient’s identification card would provide instant access to person’s data.”
Adams said these cards would also cut down a patient’s waiting time.
“Persons would no longer have to come and wait in line for several minutes. Once you come, you register, the card is swiped and information would be there immediately,” she explained.
Phase one of the digitization process covered assessment, billing and registration. Phase two, which includes the ID cards, will be launched on Friday.
Adams said the hospital information system is complex so a complete upgrade would take about at least another year.