(PRESS RELEASE) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has been providing technical support to the Ministry of Health and Wellness to integrate an electronic perinatal system across all wellness centres and government hospitals run hospitals on the island.
This system builds on the One Patient, One Record initiative by the health ministry to modernize and improve the delivery of care to their clients.
Sheralin Monrose, Information Systems Manager attached to the Nation Health Management Information Unit in the Ministry of Health and Wellness explained the purpose of an electronic perinatal system.
“To date the Health Management Information System has been implemented across 31 of our wellness centres however we are lacking functionality regarding maternal and child health and we are hoping that with the integration of the electronic perinatal system from PAHO we can readily make available all the maternal and child health functionality, not only to the Wellness Centres, as well to the hospitals to allow us to capture all aspects of the pregnancy and child birth across the island.”
Monrose indicated that PAHO along with the Ministry of Health have arrived at a consensus and solution to advance the integration of the electronic perinatal system into the current Health Management Information System.
Assistant Principal Nursing Officer, Tecla Jn Baptiste said the community nursing service eagerly awaits the implementation of the system as maternal and child health services are key components of health service provision in primary care.
“It will help improve the maternal and child outcomes across both primary and secondary care. I think integration in a sustainable manner will contribute to better monitoring and evaluation and ultimately improve the quality of care that was provided to our patients.”
It is expected that the Perinatal Information System will assist St. Lucia in achieving its sustainable development goals of reducing maternal and childhood mortality .