Tech com­pany AIS rolls out na­tional med­i­cal records project

Jamaica Gleaner - - BUSINESS - Tameka Gor­don Busi­ness Re­porter tameka.gor­don@glean­erjm.com

AD­VANCED IN­TE­GRATED Sys­tems (AIS) has rolled out its Na­tional Pa­tient In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (NPIS) to gov­ern­ment-op­er­ated phar­ma­cies in hos­pi­tals even as it pushes for take-up by doc­tors in pri­vate prac­tice.

The NPIS was added to gov­ern­ment-op­er­ated Drug Serv phar­ma­cies a few months ago, but is just be­ing in­tro­duced to the hos­pi­tals phar­ma­cies, AIS chair­man and CEO Doug Hal­sall told Gleaner Busi­ness.

At least four phar­ma­cies are Chair­man and CEO of Ad­vanced In­te­grated Sys­tems Dou­glas Hal­sall is seen here with mem­bers of his team – Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer Stephanie Shaw-Smith and Di­rec­tor of Pro­gram­ming Shekar Sanumpudi (right) – at the JCC Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Com­mit­tee brief­ing lun­cheon held at the Knutsford Court Ho­tel on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 25, 2016.

added to the plat­form per month, Hal­sall said.

AIS has cre­ated a data­base that will al­low med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers to gen­er­ate elec­tronic pre­scrip­tions, sched­ule ap­point­ments with clients, re­ceive med­i­cal alerts and in­for­ma­tion on new drugs and process health claims.

The four-pil­lared plat­form pro­poses to re­vamp pa­tient

record man­age­ment, al­low­ing pa­tients to own their med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, con­trary to what cur­rently ob­tains where pa­tients records re­main the prop­erty of med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties.

Phar­ma­cies will use the Provider Ac­cess Sys­tem — Phar­macy In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (PAS-PIMS) while doc­tors will use the PAS-MD com­po­nent of the pro­gramme. The plat­form also

fea­tures com­po­nents for lab­o­ra­tory record and hospital record man­age­ment ver­sion which has been pi­loted at the Univer­sity Hospital of the West Indies.

The com­pany com­pleted a three-month-long pi­lot of its PASMD at Kingston-based Man­care Med­i­cal cen­tre, ahead of the planned roll-out and is now ready “to pro­lif­er­ate it to the 3,900 doc­tors that we have”, Hal­sall said.

“Our first user ac­cep­tance test with the doc­tors sys­tem was suc­cess­ful. The only fea­ture that we have not yet ac­ti­vated in the pri­vate sec­tor – we can ac­ti­vate it in the pub­lic sec­tor – is the elec­tronic pre­scrip­tion be­cause the Phar­macy Coun­cil has to ap­prove that.”

The pi­lot lasted about four months.

The tech­nol­ogy is there to sup­port elec­tronic pre­scrip­tions, he added.

“We are just await­ing the ap­proval. We gather it might be done at the Phar­macy Coun­cil next meet­ing,” he said.

The roll-out fol­lows AIS’s pitch to the Gov­ern­ment and to have the plat­form used for Ja­maica’s 25 hos­pi­tals and 300 clin­ics.

AIS al­ready pro­vides in­surance and health-claims pro­cess­ing for some 3,900 med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, two large in­surance com­pa­nies and the Na­tional Health Fund, han­dling some 130,000 claims per day.

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