Jamaica adopts GNU Health

Jamaica adopts GNU Health

GNU Health logoJamaica is to become the first country in the world to adopt GNU Health, the free and open source health and hospital administration system nationwide, Joinup reports, following the signing of an agreement between the Jamaican Ministry of Health (MoH) and GNU Solidario, a NGO supplying free software for health and education.

This will be a herculean task, demanding cross-sectoral integrations from all the regions of this country. To initiate the implementation, programmers, system administrators, physicians, nurses and health records staff, as well as other public officials gathered to participate in several meetings, workshops and focus groups. The MoH Health Informatics team itself had representatives from both the national and the regional levels, as well as health records, clinical, IT and management personnel.

After an intense week, the initial guidelines for the project were designed in order to complete the first stage by the end of this year.

GNU Health provides the following functionality:

  • Health Information System (Demographics, Epidemiology);
  • Hospital Information System;
  • Electronic Medical Records.

In addition, GNU Health has won the Best Project of Social Benefit award from the Free Software Foundation, amongst other international awards.

Author: Steve Woods

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